In fairness, Trump has never, in so many words, urged Second Amendment people to stop Muslims.
From accounts in the N.Y. Times and the Washington Post (annotated):
Queens, N.Y. - Maulama Akonjee, the 55-year-old imam, and Thara Uddin, 64, both immigrants from Bangladesh and fathers of three, were walking home from midday prayer when they were killed.
In the grainy black-and-white video that Uddin’s nephew, Tamim Uddin, 18, said came from the private security camera of a home across the street, two people — apparently Akonjee and Uddin — can be seen rounding the corner as a third person runs up and appears to shoot. The men crumple to the ground. The attacker retreats back down 79th Street.
[Okay, let’s not jump to conclusions about who the killer was or his motivations. However, if a Muslim shot and killed a Christian cleric on a New York street – or any non-Muslim, it immediately would be labeled an act of terrorism. And the Trump campaign would be all a twitter about the threat posed by Islamists and the need to ban Muslims from coming to the U.S.]
When he posted the news of his uncle’s death on Facebook, someone quickly responded. “You were warned not to mess with the West and now you must suffer thy consequences!” the stranger wrote in a diatribe against Islam that left Uddin bewildered. The message continued: “Tick tock . . . TRUMP2016!! Death to all who challenge Western Civilization!!”
Trump’s campaign said in a statement that it was “highly irresponsible” to blame a political candidate for the attacks, the Associated Press reported Sunday.
[Hey, call me irresponsible.]
Police said Saturday that they had no reason to think the killings constituted a hate crime, telling reporters that it might have been a botched robbery.
[But it was a curious robbery attempt. The two men were shot from behind, the killer fled immediately and nothing was taken from the victims – except their lives.]
“This was absolutely a hate crime,” said Bazlur Rahman, 49, speaking near the two-story brown clapboard mosque. “This is a busy intersection filled with people, and the two people killed were the ones in Muslim clothing. How is that anything other than targeting?”
In a statement on Sunday evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged those concerns, even though the motivation for the crime was unknown. “We do know that our Muslim communities are in the perpetual cross hairs of bigotry,” he said.
Saturday’s murders were at least the fifth suspected hate crime against Muslims this year in Queens, and at least the 10th in New York City overall, according to a Washington Post examination of local news and police reports.