An essay published in an Arkansas GOP newsletter is making headlines because it laments that "out of line" lawmakers can't be shot. The piece by Chris Nogy, whose wife, Leigh, serves as the party's Arkansas's secretary, featured in April's edition of the Benton County Republican Party newsletter.
"The 2nd amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives," writes Nogy.
"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. Personally, I think a gun is quicker and more merciful, but hey, we can't."
Nogy's ire was provoked by Republicans who recently voted in favor of a Medicaid expansion in Arkansas. He referred to them as "bullet backstops." He later said he hadn't intended to scare anyone.