Kris Kobach blames snowflake meltdown for outrage over his appearance at the Shawnee Days parade with a replica machine gun
Parade organizers apologized for Kobach’s actions at the parade
On Sunday Kobach sent out a tweet dismissing concern over his actions as a snowflake meltdown
In an interview with Breitbart News Kobach was still unapologetic for his actions
Kansas Republican candidate for governor Kris Kobach caught backlash over the weekend after he appeared at the Old Shawnee Days parade in a red, white and blue Jeep with a replica machine gun mounted on it.
Kobach tweeted out two images of him with the Jeep he rode in. Along with the two images Kobach included a rant about gun rights, because a family focused parade is the perfect place to address the issue of arming people with machine guns.
Had a blast riding in the Old Shawnee Days 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. #ksleg #ksgov #TeamKobach
Had a blast riding in the Old Shawnee Days 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. #ksleg #ksgov #TeamKobach pic.twitter.com/ZULBEYTqUW
— Kris W. Kobach (@KrisKobach1787) June 2, 2018
The replies to the tweet were very negative, with few people seeing how Kobach possibly thought it would be a good idea to pull this stunt in the wake of multiple mass shootings around the country. Despite the negative response on social media, Kobach decided he was going to stand his ground.
In a tweet on Sunday Kobach decided to lash out at those ridiculing him, claiming it was part of a “snowflake meltdown and outrage culture.”
The outrage over the replica gun on the back of a patriotic jeep is the left trying to attack guns and your #2A rights. I will not back down in the face of a snowflake meltdown and outrage culture. https://buff.ly/2kNFdR8 #ksleg
The outrage over the replica gun on the back of a patriotic jeep is the left trying to attack guns and your #2A rights. I will not back down in the face of a snowflake meltdown and outrage culture. https://t.co/FONJBWZWMM #ksleg pic.twitter.com/TEtyFtQ7rT
— Kris W. Kobach (@KrisKobach1787) June 4, 2018
The link included in the tweet was to an interview Kobach did with Breitbart News on Sunday. In the interview, Kobach said he would not apologize. According to Kobach, the outrage is an attack on guns in America. Koback believes it is part of the “Left’s larger crusade to make guns socially unacceptable.”
For centuries in America, most parades have featured men with guns—whether it be the color guard carrying the flag, or military equipment old and new. The snowflakes now want to erase this American tradition because someone might be offended.
The City of Shawnee, the Old Shawnee Days Board, and the Old Shawnee Days Society did not feel the concerns from those attending the parade were an attack on guns in America. On Saturday, they released the following apology for Kobach’s actions.
We want to apologize for the concern and frustration involved with Mr. Kris Kobach’s parade entry at the Old Shawnee Days Parade on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
In no way does this or any parade entry or float directly reflect the views and values of the City, the Old Shawnee Days Board or the Old Shawnee Days Society.
Again, we apologize and understand the concern this caused. We have reached out to Mr. Kobach’s media contact in an effort to get answers.
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.