Gavin Ellzey, a GOP volunteer and vice chairman of the 3rd District for the Kansas Republicans, was recently outed over an offensive tweet that he wrote about Muslims on July 1.
Ellzey reportedly wrote on Twitter: "Offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person. Especially with a .45."
Ahsan Latif, a local interfaith leader, saw the tweet as a threat (video below).
"My goal as the president of this organization, and as the board, is to let people know who we are and let them know we exist and are happy members of this country," Latif told 41 Action News. "I was really disturbed to see that someone in the role who is named 'GavinGOP' who has a role in the Republican Party would say something like that."
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Ellzey told The Star that he was responding to reports about Christians being physically “crucified” in the Middle East.
“Sometimes you overreact,” Ellzey stated. “I’ve had folks call me. I’m not trying to offend anybody. I sure wouldn’t shoot anybody. I don’t even own a gun.”
Ellzey has since deleted the tweet and his Twitter account @GavinGOP, but screenshots exist of the tweet.
“We’ve been doing a lot of work in the community to try to help others understand who we are,”
Mahnaz Shabbir, of the Crescent Peace Society, told The Star. “When something like this comes across my computer, my first reaction is like, are you kidding me?”
In response to the offensive tweet, Clay Barker, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, told 41 Action News, "The Kansas Republican Party has no responsibility for or connection to the public statements of private citizens who perform occasional volunteer work for the Party. The Republican Party in no way shares Mr. Ellzey's sentiment."