When I first saw this, I briefly thought that I had wandered into the Onion by mistake. Kansas state rep Virgil Peck (R, of course) suggested that the “immigration problem” could be solved with a method similar to that proposed for feral hogs in the very same state legislature: execution by helicopter. When the story was elaborated upon at TPM, I took it seriously — this is the sort of thing that can’t be made up. Peck even offered a response:
Asked about his comment, Peck was unapologetic. “I was just speaking like a southeast Kansas person,” he said. He said most of his constituents are extremely upset with illegal immigration and the state and federal government response.
Because Kansas suffers from a crippling number of illegal immigrants. At an estimated 47,000, if banded together they could almost fill the Kansas Jayhawks Memorial Stadium. Of course, what Peck and his ilk are likely more concerned about is this mass of immigrants descending upon historic Lawrence-Dumont stadium in Wichita, capacity 6400, home to the Wichita Wingnuts baseball club.
Yes, the Wichita Wingnuts. Peck’s home town of Tyro is only about 130 miles from Wichita; he might even be a fan.