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Quote of the day: ‘Ping pong is more dangerous than guns’, says incoming Texas state legislator

Dec 21, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT


Oh, Texas …

Now that we can forget the Mayans and their prophecy of doom, it’s time to turn our attention to the real menace: ping pong. ARE YOUR CHILDREN SAFE? Your serve, Texas Republican Dist. 12 Representative Kyle Kacal.

It all happened during an interview with Maggie Kiely, a reporter for The Eagle of Bryan-College Station, Texas, on Wednesday:

Kacal echoed a common nationwide argument that guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

“I’ve heard of people being killed playing ping-pong — ping-pongs are more dangerous than guns,” he said. “Flat-screen TVs are injuring more kids today than anything.”

Except that it’s hard to take over a school while carrying a Panasonic 32-inch Widescreen.

Kacal probably realizes this now: on Thursday, he was furiously backpeddling. Excerpt, from his Facebook page:

“During a recent interview with a reporter from The Eagle newspaper regarding gun crime in America and the impact it has on citizens, I mentioned other incidents that cause injury to children every year. In no way were the comments intended to diminish the absolute horror of what occurred in Connecticut last week.”

But unless he was misquoted, he actually said “Ping pong(s) is more dangerous than guns.” Aside from the comical use of the “s” at the end of the word “pong”, that’s quite clear and easy to interpret. Why is a followup press release needed?


Armed and dangerous

  1. lewp - Dec 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    This guy is a real douche. I saw this story earleir and couldn’t believe it. On top of looking absolutely stupid and insensitive to what happened one week ago, he tries to be funny about it.

    I understand the arguments about gun control. Trying to look funny and slick makes your opinion even more ridiculous.

  2. lewp - Dec 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Correction: *earlier*

  3. lewp - Dec 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Reblogged this on Lewp’s Weblog.