Republican Kansas governor hopeful Kris Kobach said, “[He won’t] back down in the face of a snowflake meltdown and outrage culture” after being criticized for riding in a jeep mounted with a replica of a large gun at a parade on Saturday according to Fox News.
Koback, the state’s secretary of state, raised eyebrows on social media over the weekend after he attended the Old Shawnee Days parade, named after the Kansas City-suburb. Many criticized the politician for riding a vehicle equipped with a large replica gun at the event attended by young children.
Pastor Johnny Lewis of Shawnee Community Christian Church criticized the candidate in a Facebook post, saying his six-year-old child “worries constantly about school shootings.”
“Why was that necessary, sir? My child didn’t need that today. Don’t care what your position is on Second Amendment that is completely unnecessary,” he said.”
“My greatest concern today was not Kris Kobach’s political position… It was that in a world where our children… 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,” the pastor said.
This is somewhat curious to me. I would imagine the local schools also have fire drills. Did the pastor’s six-year-old also panic at the sight of fire trucks? Did the city offer an apology because the fire trucks used their sirens during the parade? How is this any different?
Perhaps the pastor has an anti-gun agenda? After all his statement about not caring about the Koback’s belief in the Second Amendment is more than just a little troublesome. What would the pastor say if after marching through the parade with part of his parish, someone started attacking after him stating, “I don’t care what you think about the First Amendment and your freedom of religion?”
What the pastor fails to adequately realize is the freedom of expression. If his six-year-old was that panicked by a Jeep with a patriotic paint job and a replica gun, why didn’t the pastor merely explain the situation, calm the six-year-old, and instill a bit of patriotism at the same time? If the military had a few Humvees or a Half-track, what would the pastor’s reaction have been? Somehow, I do not see the city tripping over itself to offer an apology for a military vehicle in a parade— then again…
What is your analysis of the anti-gunners’ meltdown? How do you think it should have been handled? Share your analysis in the comment section.
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