Jeb Bush tweets picture of gun because America. No, really. That's why.

Jeb Bush Tweets Picture of Gun Because America. No, Really. That’s Why.  

Jeb Bush Tweets Picture of Gun Because America. No, Really. That’s Why.  

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Feb. 16 2016 5:25 PM

Jeb Bush Tweets Picture of Gun Because America. No, Really. That’s Why.  

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US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks during a Town Hall meeting in Concord, New Hampshire, on February 5, 2016. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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After his strongest debate performance yet, Jeb Bush might be feeling a little more confident as he campaigns in South Carolina, compared to just a couple weeks ago when he was begging New Hampshire crowds to clap for him. Still this is a little unexpected from the mild-mannered long-shot candidate:

Bush was visiting FN Manufacturing, a firearms manufacturer in Columbia, South Carolina today, so presumably that’s where this photo was taken.

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Jeb’s brother is joining him on the campaign trail now, so he might be trying on some Texas swagger for size, but it doesn’t quite work. For one thing, “America” feels a little like a hipster’s Instagram caption for his ironic trip to a firing range. For another, Putin’s is still bigger

Joshua Keating is a staff writer at Slate focusing on international affairs and author of the forthcoming book, Invisible Countries.