KANSAS CITY, KAN—A Kansas House lawmaker is apologizing to his fellow legislators after making international headlines when he made an off-the-cuff joke about shooting illegal immigrants like they were feral hogs, but at least one lawmaker says that his apology doesn't go far enough.
On Monday, lawmakers in a Kansas House Appropriations Committee meeting in Topeka were discussing the problem of feral hogs immigrating into rural Kansas and causing destruction to farms, and a proposal to have hunters shoot the wild hogs from helicopters when Rep. Virgil Peck, a Republican from Tyro, spoke up.
"Looks like to me if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, looks maybe we've found a problem to our immigration problem," said Peck, who was unapologetic after the hearing, and said that he was just joking.
It was a different story on Tuesday, when he gave a brief, two sentence apology to fellow lawmaker, saying that his comments were regrettable and, "please accept my apology," after pressure from Governor Sam Brownback and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. But a Democratic Latino lawmaker from Kansas City, Kansas, says that Peck's apology was not enough.
"To categorically put human people, human beings, in the same category as feral hogs, as animals, that are a nuisance, it's perspective I can't see and will not tolerate," said Rep. Louis Ruiz, who called on the legislature to censure Peck and asked him to resign from his committee leadership position.
Peck did not respond to FOX 4's request for comment.