Gavin Ellzey, a GOP volunteer and vice chairman of the 3rd District for the Kansas Republicans, tweeted on July 1 that “offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person, especially with a .45″
Ellzey told The Star that he was responding to reports about Christians being “crucified” in the Middle East.
“Sometimes you overreact,” Ellzey said in defense of his tweet. “I’m not trying to offend anybody. I sure wouldn’t shoot anybody. I don’t even own a gun.”
Later, Ellzey deleted his tweet and took down his @GavinGOP account.
Clay Barker, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, said that the state party has “no responsibility for or connection to the public statements of private citizens who perform volunteer work for the party,” adding that the Kansas GOP “in no way shares Ellzey’s sentiments on Muslims.”
Watch a report on the offensive tweet below: