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If City Owes Apology, It’s to Gun Owners, Not ‘Snowflakes’

If City Owes Apology, It’s to Gun Owners, Not ‘Snowflakes’
A parade entry any American should be proud to cheer on… (Kris Kobach/Twitter)

“We want to apologize for the concern and frustration involved with Mr. Kris Kobach’s parade entry at the Old Shawnee Days Parade on Saturday, June 2, 2018,” a joint press release put out by the City of Shawnee, KS, and event organizers wailed. “In no way does this or any parade entry or float directly reflect [our] views and values…”

What were them apologizing and re-apologizing and wringing their hands over and assuring everyone their “safety… is our highest concern”? What did some say they felt “unsafe or unsettled” about? What did the civic luminaries pledge they’d be “taking steps in the future to ensure something similar does not happen again”?

“Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach rode through Shawnee, Kansas, on Saturday in a Jeep with a [replica] .50-caliber machine gun apparently on top as part of an annual city parade,” USA Today “reported.” The anti-gun paper couldn’t resist repeating the false assertion that “the gun it replicated is not covered by the Second Amendment.”

Sure it is, if one considers the reason the Founders included it in the Bill of Rights.

So who would object?

An anti-gun preacher, for one. From a church that has partnered with Michael Bloomberg’s Mom’s Demand Action in spreading one-sided and wholly unqualified “gun safety” propaganda.

Speaking of them, we also see:

“The pro gun-control group Moms Demand Action was also represented [at the parade]. Jo Ella Hoye, a leader of the Kansas chapter, was among those wearing orange to raise awareness about gun violence.”

Anybody see any indignant demands for apologies over that?

And that leads to the logical question of what is it about the Bill of Rights that does not “reflect … the views and values” of the City of Shawnee’s “leadership,” all of whom on the Council took an oath to the Constitution? Have these people never seen rifles in parades? You get the feeling some of them would wet themselves if they were ever in Westcliffe, CO for Independence Day.

Curiously, the city fathers evidently feel the way to represent Old Shawnee Days on Facebook is with a rainbow flag. No doubt recalling the real old Shawnee days, with residents corralled and murdered while their town was burned by Quantrill’s Raiders would offend the delicate sensitivities of those who believe individual and community defense is something always best left to professionals—by government mandate.

For his part, gubernatorial candidate Kobach is …uh… sticking to his guns.

“The outrage over the replica gun on the back of a patriotic jeep is the left trying to attack guns and your #2A rights,” he tweeted in response to the phony shock act. “I will not back down in the face of a snowflake meltdown and outrage culture.”

Nor should we. Because as this shows, the gun-grabbers are not only against guns in private hands, they’re against the very idea that represents, and will stoop to ginning up fear and fabricated indignation, all enthusiastically abetted by an activist “media” that tries to dominate the narrative with narrative-spinning headlines like:

  • Kansas Governor Candidate Shocks With Replica Gun at Parade
  • Kobach slammed for parade appearance with “replica” machine gun
  • Kobach criticized after riding in parade with replica gun
  • Hiding Behind Big Guns: The New Campaign Strategy
  • Kris Kobach wants you to be triggered by his big, bad, fake gun. Don’t take the bait
  • Kris Kobach Wants You To Suck On His Fake Machine Gun

The futility of reconciling the two Americas could not be more clearly illustrated.


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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. Organize your own “Bill of Rights” parade. Have entries that represent all 10 amendments. Decline any entry that does not properly represent as the founders intended, according to their writings.

    1. Excellent idea!
      Perhaps we should have a parade that replicates what the Founders recognized as “necessary to the security of a free State”. A real, honest to goodness constitutional Militia with all the law enforcement ability that was codified in State statutes, and enshrined in the Constitution.
      Ah well! I guess we can’t do that because we’re afraid that Mothers or some other subversive group might call us bad names and we don’t have the foggiest clue as how to fight back.

      1. If you believe that State statutes do not override the constitution, it never has there is only two ways to change our Constitution and I Will let you research them on your own. That maybe you will learn something! All these State and Federal laws on guns are illegal laws, you will find that in our Constitution also.

  2. “I will not back down in the face of a snowflake meltdown and outrage culture.” Well-spoken! Never let the left frame the terms of the debate!

    1. What do you propose besides pointless arguments, for which there is no defining law, and ignoring the Rule of Law as it is clearly stated in the U.S. Constitution?

    2. I like his spinal tenacity. That stood out to me as well. We all need to embrace and display the same courage and unwillingness to compromise.

    3. If you back down they will feel they won and will only get bolder and more demanding! If they don’t like the parade let them stay home!

  3. Beautiful jeep and the Maw Duce was a great touch which sends a strong message!
    Never back down to the SnowFlakes!

  4. It would be useful to give readers contact information so we may express our views to the snowflakes and at the other liberal politicians as well as perhaps a local “letter to the editor” contact as well….some of us would then have opportunity to show our supporting views…etc.
    Just a thought.

    1. How about we get the names and addresses of actual pro-2nd groups that are interested in revitalizing the Constitutional Militia so that we can “execute the Laws of the Union” instead of bowing and genuflecting to politicians that care not a wit about the law.

  5. I commend the candidate for standing his ground. I am sick and tired of the wimps in our society demanding we not have guns as protected under the 2nd amendment but they now also demand we not even allow replicas and images of a gun. They would have our children raised to fear the weapon and ignore the whacko’s who would do harm to innocents.

  6. Somehow, the fact that a hoplophobic employee of Moms Demand gets “offended” or “outraged” by the Constitution’s reality… just doesn’t impress me. With abject apologies to Clark Gable… to say that “I don’t give a damn” is one huge understatement!. However, I do indeed cheerfully invite those Liberal wastes-of-skin to hit the nearest exit… on their way to committing a (for them, biologically-impossible) act of auto-eroticism.

  7. This willingness to subvert our bill of Rights, especially the 2nd amendment makes me fear another civil war is coming. I pray I am wrong.

  8. This willingness to subvert our bill of Rights, especially the 2nd amendment makes me fear another civil war is coming. I pray I am wrong. But the devisevnes in this country, the war on police, sanctuary city’s and states, and the slow but steady chipping away at our cherished rights are all pointing in that direction.

    1. I think you’re right and think that’s what they’re pushing for it so they can declare a state of emergency and suspend the Constitution. Well, actually we’re already in a state of emergency (Senate report #93-549)….best thing to do is be ready, it’s coming. It’s just a question of when.

  9. Come on people, please…what is so offensive about a proud American wanting to show what a vehicle type once used in combat to defend our rights looked like? Oversensitive or just stupid? If it bothers you what ‘other’ people do, then don’t look at them…or just leave and stop doing what your ancestors would probably spank you for. “Politically correct” is bad and what got us to the state that we’re in. I salute your Secretary of State for having guts…and a little fun. A parade is supposed to be a fun time, not a time when you’re looking for something to complain about.

  10. I live right next door to Shawnee, KS, in Overland Park, KS. I don’t appreciate the City of Shawnee buckling under to the Left. I will be writing a letter to the Left-Leaing members of the Shawnee City Directors.

  11. That Jeep is awesome! I wish I would have been there to see it in person. I probably would have stood up & saluted. I’m surprised the snowflakes didn’t take a knee. The sad truth about our society in America today is that the minority, the snowflakes, squeal like a pig under a gate. Another sad truth is that usually they get their way. Well I think the silent majority has finally had enough and are ready to stand up and be heard and be recognized and put an end to the ridiculous looney liberal left anti-constitutional destruction of our nation.

    1. Next time something like this occurs, vets should fall in behind the patriotic vehicle and march along with it. I admired his efforts here, and his parade entry was far, far better than some offensive Progressive “gay wagon” throwing beads to “recruit the kiddies” and promote their cause, and some other off-the-wall floats I’ve seen. Kobach is OK, but he does have a Political Correctness streak that he should work on, particularly on illegal migration and what to do about it.

  12. Too bad Kobach seems to believe in only part of the Constitution. He is fighting exposure of well-documented election irregularities. Google it.

  13. Temper tantrums, whether thrown by 5 year old children or adults, should not be rewarded. Never encourage infantile actions. They deserve either “time outs” or butt whippings.

  14. I think you’re right and think that’s what they’re pushing for it so they can declare a state of emergency and suspend the Constitution. Well, actually we’re already in a state of emergency (Senate report #93-549)….best thing to do is be ready, it’s coming. It’s just a question of when.

  15. As a Retired Veteran, and a Small Business owner in Wichita, KS. I can state without reservation, Kris Kobach is an intelligent, Constitutional Advocate, who not only protects our rights, but is a staunch supporter for “Equal Rights”, as well as our “ Bill of Rights.

    All the poor Liberals in Kansas that are offended by the picture of the Jeep, and with a machine gun, you really need to get a life. And for all of you Second Ammendment haters, you better go back and review history. There will be a huge viscous fight for our rights, and from coast to coast. Confiscation will not happen. Perhaps you good folks on the left would like your 1st Amendment revoked, or attacked daily. If the 1st and 2nd are ever lost, this country will go the way of Europe, and third world countries. We saw a significant glimpse of that with Barak “ Hussein” Obama, no thanks.

    1. They do read the Constitution, while their teachers and professors explain to them how draconian and obsolete it is.

    2. Starts with patents. Parents teach values. Many parents are absent from responsible parenting, relying on socialist public school and the world of entertainment.

    3. It was required back when I was in school, but that was before the NEA. We spent our entire 8th grade year studying the US Constitution, federalist papers, anti-federalist papers and IL Constitution. Passing a Constitution test was required in order to graduate from 8th grade – was one tough test… Mr. Kruger beat it into the entire year, and it was all essays on the test – you had to know it to pass, and also required to pass another one in order to graduate from High School. the high school one was a multiple choice joke though.

  16. The “house” is divided in a multitude of ways… far more than just the concept of gun ownership. I conceive a future with two USA’s. The “old” USA full of political correctness and the sheep bleating their delight for their government and corporate overlords and a New USA where the warrior class lives with jobs for all thus no excuses for crimes-for-profit and where no coddling of criminals occur and illegal alien invaders have extreme trouble slithering in and… well… for those wanting a fictional read I suggest the Out Of The Ashes series by William Johnstone. Ben Raines led his militia in the creation of a new country in the midst of a dystopian future.

    We are living in interesting times. A curse when viewed with an Oriental mind-set. If the tyrannical and corporate forces win the ongoing culture war the future USA will be a sad sad place to dwell.

  17. Wouldn’t be comical if this bird’s doctor carries,and he just may, and reads about the antics of the “pastor and decides he has a fool for a patient.

  18. My Dad created a float for a “PEACE THROUGH PREPAREDNESS” parade that had a replica missile on it, they would really flip over that but then that was a time when patriotism and pride in America was a good thing!

  19. When “people” complain about gun ownership or citizens carrying them, are they really concerned about the gun? That is what they seem to always come down to. IF that is true, they need to remove all manner of firearms from the law enforcement, Federal and State officers, and the Military. After all, most of these weapons are very much like ones these “people” are demanding to be removed. OR, would they say it is okay because . . . what? Training the guns they own? OR, could it be that all citizens have that same right. When we, the citizens, lose that right, we will also lose (shortly after) all the things those weapons assure us by ALL of our Constitution. Never forget that it was the firearms that insured we earned that Constitution and all the rights it gave us as citizens of the United States of America. Never forget that when a corner stone of a building is removed, that house will weaken and eventually fall. BUT, wait, is that what those same “people” want to happen? (see Agenda 21).

  20. “the gun it replicated is not covered by the Second Amendment.” Really? Where does it give any restrictions on what type of arms is covered? It doesn’t… It does say that the govt cannot infringe, which they’ve been violating for decades…

  21. Here in NY we have a vet who’s running for Congress (I do believe) on a “ban assault weapons” platform. His ads call him a “true patriot”, and he’s suppoted by Vote for Vets. (I believe they’re called)

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