Kansas GOP Official: ‘Offending Muslims Is The Duty Of Any Civilized Person – especially with a .45’
Gavin Ellzey, the vice chairman of the Kansas Republican 3rd Congressional District Committee, Tweeted out a message in early July saying that “offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person.” Ellzey added, “Especially with a .45.”
But he insists he’s “not trying to offend anybody.” He added, “I sure wouldn’t shoot anybody. I don’t even own a gun.”
In an interview with The Kansas City Star, he admitted to writing the tweet in response to television news reports about Christians being “crucified” overseas.
“Sometimes you overreact,” Ellzey said.
And sometimes words matter. A local interfaith leader, Ahsan Latif, saw it as a threat.
The Kansas Republican Party Executive Director Clay Barker did send us this statement that reads:
“The Kansas Republican Party has no responsibility for or connection to the public statements of private citizens who perform occasional volunteer work for the Party. The Republican Party in no way shares Mr. Ellzey’s sentiment.”…
Ellzey was the communications director for the Johnson County Republican Party for two years. In 2012, he was asked to step down.
Although all of these positions were strictly volunteer, Latif believes it’s still a bad image to spread for anyone in leadership.
“This is something that is published by a respected member of that community, the GOP, who has found himself in a leadership position and if he is advocating for violence against Muslims, it really, really makes me wonder what could happen,” Latif said.
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His Twitter account has since been taken down.