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If you take a federal-law class at University of Texas Austin, you might not learn anything about Title 18 of Section 871 in the United States Code. This is because Title 18 of Section 871 is the law against making violent threats against the President, and it's a class D felony that carries a maximum prison term of five or more years. Had College Republicans president Lauren Pierce known this, it's unlikely that at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, she would've Tweeted a joke about assassinating President Obama, writing, "Y'all as tempting as it may be, don't shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we've EVER had! #2012."
Considering the tweet came mere hours after police apprehended a suspect for the White House shooting incident, it's not all that surprising that ABC News picked up the story and spoke with Pierce, who told them the comment was a "joke" and that the "whole [shooting incident] was stupid." She then removed the post from Twitter and posted an apology, writing, "I apologize for my previous tweet. It was in poor taste and and [sic] should never have been written." If nothing else, clearly Pierce paid attention during her public-relations classes, as "repeating conjunctions to sound more contrite" is the first lesson in the textbook on how to deliver a convincing apology.