Kris Kobach, a Republican who’s running for governor of Kansas, said he won’t cave in the face of a “snowflake meltdown and outrage culture” after being slammed for riding a jeep with a replica gun during a parade.
“The outrage over the replica gun on the back of a patriotic jeep is the left trying to attack guns and your #2A rights,” Koback tweeted amid the uproar. “I will not back down in the face of a snowflake meltdown and outrage culture.”
Koback, who’s currently the secretary of state of Kansas, was slammed on social media for riding in a jeep mounted with a fake gun during the Old Shawnee Days Parade on June 2.
Koback said he did that because he wanted to underscore his support for the Second Amendment, which has increasingly come under attack by liberals.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 26, 2018
The fake gun caused such backlash that the city of Shawnee later issued a groveling statement, where it apologized no less than three times.
“We want to apologize for the concern and frustration involved with Mr. Kris Kobach’s parade entry,” the apology read. “We understand the concern this caused. Please know that the safety of our residents is always our highest priority and we apologize if this made anyone feel unsafe or unsettled. We will be taking steps in the future to try to ensure something similar does not happen again.”
Statement regarding the parade today. pic.twitter.com/FX1RBTcstE
— City of Shawnee, KS (@CityofShawneeKS) June 2, 2018
Koback tweeted that he “had a blast riding in the parade in this souped-up jeep with a replica gun. Those who want to restrict the right to keep and bear arms are deeply misguided. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
A local pastor named Johnny Lewis was among the most vocal critics of the replica gun. “Why was that necessary, sir? My child didn’t need that today,” Lewis wrote on Facebook.
Lewis added: “My greatest concern today was not Kris Kobach’s political position…It was that in a world where our children (including my daughter who is in kindergarten) live with anxiety about school shootings and do intruder drills regularly that any politician thought it was ok to drive through a crowd of children with an automatic weapon pointed at the crowd.”
Earth to Pastor Lewis: Kobach didn’t have “an automatic weapon pointed at the crowd.” It was a fake, display gun used in a parade.
Meanwhile, the gun homicides in Chicago and across California — which have the strictest gun-control laws in the United States — continue unabated while liberals say nothing.
Over the recent Memorial Day weekend, there were 36 shootings in Chicago, which has had an anti-gun Democratic mayor since 1931. Hooray for gun control.
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