Kansas governor candidate faces backlash for machine gun replica in parade

Kansas governor candidate Kris Kobach had a replica of a machine gun mounted on his Jeep as he made his way through Old Shawnee Days Parade near Kansas City on Saturday, and a lot of people weren't happy about it.

"Had a blast riding in the Old Shawnee Days Parade in this souped up jeep with a replica gun," Kobach wrote on Twitter alongside photos of his vehicle. "Those who want to restrict the right to keep and bear arms are deeply misguided. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

The politician faced major backlash for the controversial prop, with many replying to his tweet with scathing criticism.

"You are clueless using a machine gun in a parade that appeals to families, Children are scared to go to school and you cram this scene in their faces," one user responded. "I will do everything in my power to make sure you never set foot in the Governor’s office."

"What an embarrassing display for an embarrassment to this state," another person wrote.



The city of Shawnee, where the parade took place, issued an apology in response to the controversy.

"In no way does this or any parade entry or float directly reflect the views and values of the City," the statement read. "We will be taking steps in the future to try to ensure something similar does not happen again."

During the nationwide student rally in support of gun control back in April, Kobach held a rally of his own in Washington in support of guns.