Jeb Bush’s Gun Tweet Backfires


Jeb Bush's gun



The US Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush is pro-gun rights and behind in the polls, so when he purchased his first firearm, he had probably hoped to receive support on social media.

The former Florida governor’s new handgun, inscribed with his name on the slide, has been re-tweeted more than 19,000 times and met with widespread mockery around the world.

Bush tweeted a picture of his gun alongside the word “America”, seeking to burnish his pro-gun credentials and patriotism as his campaign moves into the conservative state of South Carolina.

But if the USA is defined by its relationship to firearms, Twitter provided the answer for how best to represent other countries across the world.

British comedian Joe Lycett put forward this entry for the UK.

A cup for tea to represent Britain.
Lycett Twitter

Mike Landers suggested that pies and curry would better represent some of Britain’s cities.

Curry for Bradford
                      Mike Landers Twitter
Pies for Wigan
Mike Landers Twitter

Professor Herman van de Wernfhorst, a sociology professor from the University of Amsterdam suggested this for the Netherlands.

A bicycle for the Netherlands
Herman van de Werfhorst

Meanwhile, Ingo Bousa from Bristol thought that Denmark could present a more peaceful interpretation of Jeb Bush’s tweet.

A gun made out of Lego to represent Denmark
Ingo Bousa

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But as the rest of the world gently mocked Jeb Bush, some conservative supporters in America showed their appreciation by tweeting pictures of handguns.

A hand gun
Marine Spectre Twitter

Science fiction writer John Joseph Adams decided that if his country was going to be defined by one weapon, then he wanted to highlight the impact of other weapons on fictional cultures.

“I never thought that my most re-tweeted tweet would consist of one word, a Twitter handle and a picture of a lightsaber” he wrote after his picture of the Star Wars memorabilia was shared more than 1,700 times.

A lightsaber
John Joseph Adams Twitter

Other science fiction fans were quick to follow Adams’s lead. Lisa Morton from Washington DC tweeted a Star Trek phaser.

A Star Trek gun
Lisa Morton Twitter

Others thought the Doctor should get involved.

A Doctor Who screwdriver
Sirosenbaum Twitter

Or that Jeb Bush could use some magical assistance with his campaign.

A Harry Potter wand
Garcia Hortolano

Jeb Bush is pulling out all the stops to revive his flagging campaign to become the Republican presidential nominee, with his brother, former President George W Bush, joining him in on the campaign trail in South Carolina.

He can only hope that the online reaction to his tweet will help help him catch up with frontrunner Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who won the New Hampshire and Iowa contests respectively.

-bbc


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