Friday, March 18, 2011

State lawmaker issues apology for immigrant shooting 'joke'

State lawmaker issues apology for immigrant shooting 'joke' -

Topeka, Kansas (CNN) -- A Kansas state lawmaker apologized in person Thursday for a controversial remark he made, suggesting that unauthorized immigrants should be shot.

"I'm Virgil Peck, and on Monday, I made an inappropriate comment," the Republican state representative told CNN in an on-camera statement Thursday. "For that, I'm sorry, and I apologize to anyone that I offended with my inappropriate comment. I'll be more careful with my words in the future."

On Monday, Peck made headlines when, during an appropriations committee meeting, he made a reference to an agricultural program that controls the state's feral hog population by shooting them from helicopters.

"Looks like to me, if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a (solution) to our illegal immigration problem," Peck said.

He did not take any questions after his verbal statement to reporters. He was flanked by the three Hispanic Republican representatives serving in the state legislation.

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