Yael T. Abouhalkah

June 17, 2013

Kobach issues alarming gun threat after protest at his house

While it’s understandable Kris Kobach is upset about the weekend protest at his KC-area residence, it’s alarming to hear him talk about essentially being ready to shoot someone in the crowd to protect his family.

Kansas Secretary State Kris Kobach isn’t pulling any punches after 200 or so immigration reform supporters showed up at his Wyandotte County house Saturday when he wasn’t there.

“It’s important we recognize there’s a reason we have the Second Amendment,” he


a Fox News journalist. “There are situations like this where you have a mob and you do need to be able to protect yourself.”

In other words, Kobach sounds as if he would have been ready to shoot if someone had gotten out of hand, although it’s important to note that no one did (as the video in the Fox News link indicates).

Kobach was responding to a protest put together with the help of Sunflower Community Action;


is information from the group about why it did what it did over the weekend.

A representative comment came from Ana Mancebo of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement: “I came down all the way from Iowa to tell Kris Kobach to stop spreading his policies that are hurting families and communities across the country.”

Of course, like most anyone, Kobach didn’t like the idea that people showed up on his porch and driveway, touting messages he doesn’t agree with.

“I was just appalled,” Kobach said. “They have a right to protest at my office or at public places — that’s fine. But they don’t have a right to enter someone’s private property and engage in this kind of intimidation. I have four little girls and they would have been terrified to see 200 protesters shouting at their daddy on megaphones on the front lawn.”

But appalled or not, Kobach ought to be ready to accept the criticism that comes his way.

He has reaped national publicity and monetary gains by working on immigration issues for years, basically being on the wrong side of history along the way.

His attack on voting rights has been particularly anti-democratic.

His constant references to “illegal aliens” — including his comment that some must have been in the protest on Saturday — are meant to antagonize people, not find a solution to America’s immigration issues.

Kobach’s statement about using a gun to protect his family was not surprising either; he’s a big support of gun rights. And he made some of his strongest statements after saying it took police 15 minutes to respond to the rally.

“I shudder to think what would have happened if one of those members of the mob had tried to break into the house,” he told Fox News, adding, “The Second Amendment is the private property owner’s last resort.”

While it’s understandable Kobach is upset about what happened at his residence, it’s alarming to hear him talk about essentially being ready to shoot one or more of those who showed up there on Saturday.

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