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!
Your exact words were, "It looks like to me if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works maybe we have found a [solution] to our illegal immigration problem." When asked for an apology, you laughed the matter off. Only after mounting pressure did you finally release a two-line statement. This is outrageous and unacceptable!
Hate crimes against Latinos are on the rise, and violence in political discourse is a real and growing threat. It's painfully clear that murdering innocent people should not be treated as joke in the halls of government, and I expect more from both elected officials and the Republican Party of Kansas.
Representative Peck, your two-line statement has done nothing to ease the damage your words have caused. I ask that you publicly apologize for this dangerous comment without further delay.