Ark. Republican: ‘Out of Line’ Lawmakers Should Be Shot

Chris Nogy, whose wife, Leigh, serves as Arkansas’s Benton County Republican Party secretary, wrote an essay for the April issue of the party’s newsletter suggesting that part of the beauty of the Second Amendment is the right to threaten lawmakers with whom you disagree. For example, he wrote, Republicans who voted in favor of Medicaid expansion might have acted differently if they believed their constituents “would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives.” Nogy isn’t crazy, he knows this you can’t just shoot a lawmaker. But “if we can’t shoot them we have to at least be firm in our threat to take immediate action against them politically, socially and civically if they screw up on something this big,” he wrote. “Personally, I think a gun is quicker and more merciful, but hey, we can’t.” The Benton County Republican Party has already condemned Nogy’s letter.