Kobach enjoys outrage over his use of replica gun in parade

Kobach enjoys outrage over his use of replica gun in parade

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kris Kobach promoted his campaign for Kansas governor during a recent parade by riding for the first time in a jeep with a replica machine gun mounted on back — and quickly drew the kind of the social media criticism that’s hovered around him for years. The Kansas City-area suburb that held the parade apologized to crowd members who were upset. But Kobach is not apologizing and said Tuesday he might use the jeep-with-gun even more than he initially intended. His campaign theme song is the late rock ‘n’ roll icon Tom Petty’s "I Won’t Back Down," after all. Kobach stirred outrage on the political center and left even before being elected Kansas secretary of state in 2010. Bringing a jeep-mounted replica machine gun to a parade is another example of how Kobach has distinguished himself in a seven-person GOP field for the Aug. 7 primary that includes less-colorful incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer. He said his appearance at the parade caused a "snowflake meltdown" that shows how the far left is determined to make gun ownership "socially unacceptable." He acknowledged during an interview Tuesday that he’s enjoying critics’ reaction because, "It’s so idiotic." "We might use it more frequently than we otherwise would have," Kobach said of the jeep-with-gun. "My reaction is, ‘No, I’m not going to apologize.’ I’m going to make a point of using it and not standing down." Kobach champions tough immigration and voter ID laws, calls for slashing taxes and […]

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