Immigrants should be shot like pigs? Rep. Virgil Peck, apologize publicly!
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Mark Kahrs
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State Rep. Erin Davis
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State Rep. Steven Becker
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State Rep. Marc Rhoades

Immigrants should be shot like pigs? Rep. Virgil Peck, apologize publicly!

    1. Jackie  Mahendra
    2. Petition by

      Jackie Mahendra

      Washington, DC

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March 2011

Victory

After refusing to apologize for his suggestion that immigrants should be shot like wild hogs, Kansas State Rep. Virgil Peck was finally forced to go on camera to offer a public apology for his deeply offensive remarks.

CNN reports his statement to their cameras: "I'm Virgil Peck, and on Monday, I made an inappropriate comment. For that, I'm sorry, and I apologize to anyone that I offended with my inappropriate comment. I'll be more careful with my words in the future."

While Rep. Peck thought the "joke" would easily blow over, thousands of Change.org members spoke out and demanded a public apology. They were right, and he was forced to state, on camera, that he was sorry.

During a Kansas House debate on Monday, State Representative Virgil Peck (R) made the extremely offensive recommendation that we should deal with our immigration crisis the same way that some would deal with the problem of feral pigs: by shooting them from a helicopter.

According to TPM, the Kansas House was debating the problem of wild pigs when Rep. Peck stated: "It looks like to me if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works maybe we have found a [solution] to our illegal immigration problem."

That's right, Rep. Peck is calling for the murder of innocent people!

When asked for an apology, Rep. Peck laughed the matter off. Unfortunately, violence against immigrants -- or anyone perceived to be an immigrant -- is no joke. Hate crimes against Latinos are on the rise, and violence in political discourse is a real and growing threat.

Still, the Kansas Republican party has yet to officially censure Peck for these remarks. When Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback finally complained, Peck issued a terse, two-line statement calling his words "regrettable." No public apology. No TV appearance to explain himself. Nothing.

Sign the petition -- demand that Rep. Virgil Peck formally, publicly apologize for his offensive and dangerous comments!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory! Public Apology for Suggesting We Shoot Immigrants Like Pigs

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      After igniting a firestorm of controversy earlier this week with his suggestion that immigrants should be shot like wild hogs, Kansas State Rep. Virgil Peck has been pressured into standing up on camera to offer a public apology for his deeply...

    2. Reached 4 signatures
    3. Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      Letter to the Editor: Virgil Peck deemed "Unfit to serve" --

    4. Reached 2 signatures
    5. Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Latina Lista comments on the story and calls for ethics fines:

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      <a href='http://chn.ge/hrVrSb'; rel='nofollow'>Lawrence O'Donnell:</a> "Kansas has a wild pig problem, and his name is Virgil Peck."

    8. Reached 250 signatures
    9. Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      After the governor publicly denounced his comments, Peck released this "terse two-sentence rebuttal:"

      "My statements yesterday were regrettable," he said. "Please accept my apology."

      In other news, The League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, called on Peck to resign. Margaret Moran, LULAC's president, said, "Representative Peck’s comments about shooting immigrants and likening them to hogs are an outrageous dehumanization of hardworking Kansas residents."

    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. Kansas State Rep. Virgil Peck Advocates Slaughtering Immigrants Like Pigs

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Victory: Over 4000 Change.org members signed the petition demanding a public apolgy from Rep. Peck -- and you won!
      File this under "atrocious statement of the month": Kansas State Rep. Virgil Peck (R-Tyro) piped up during a debate about feral swine...

    12. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kristin Roman CLEARWATER, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      I find it absolutely absurd that anyone of political influence would say something like this publicly.

      It's extremely offensive! This man is beyond ignorant, he's simply racist and prejudiced. I honestly think he should do more than apologize, this man needs to step down from his position immediately.

      People seem to forget that America was founded BY immigrants. Everyone is from another country, his ancestors were from another country.

      The only ones who are not immigrants, are the Native Americans. People also lose sight that those from Mexico also had rights to American land before Europeans immigrated over here. They stripped the land from Natives and Mexicans then refuse to acknowledge that this land is rightfully theirs.

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    • Miriam Vazquez PANORAMA CITY, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Mr. Peck, I also think that when you go to any other country in the world for business or pleasure, you and your family should be shot too when you get off the plane. How would you like that? Think before you talk, How you ever thought about having one of your family members fall in love with an immigrant? what would you do if they have children? shot them all too? When God created the world he didn't create borders, the earth was created for every human being alive.

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    • Anne Collins MANHATTAN, KS
      • over 3 years ago

      People are not livestock. And don't claim that you didn't mean it. If you don't mean it, then don't say it. Since you said it, it was in your mind, and you must apologize at the least.

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    • barbara de vries MILFORD, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      How is this different from the suggestion to put them in camps and gas them? same idea different method. This many should be imprisoned for inciting crimes against humanity.

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    • brittney carbajal LAWRENCEBURG, KY
      • over 3 years ago

      so what is being said is we can shoot "immigrants" form a helicopter well im not saying i will do this but hey guys now you can shoot just anyone off the street cause from what i have been taught we are all immigrans other than the native americans that we here first . even the dumbasses who think of all of these things! so if this passes GOOD LUCK walking from your house to the mail box!

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