- The Washington Times - Friday, March 25, 2016

Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers is facing backlash for saying he would mow down his colleagues with a semiautomatic if he “was a white guy.”

Mr. Chambers, an independent, made the comments Wednesday during a debate on a measure to prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, The Lincoln Journal Star reported.

Mr. Chambers explained why he had watched much of the debate from his downstairs office.

“If I was up here I’d probably pick these books up and start throwing them around,” he said. “If I was a white guy, I’d go get my semiautomatic weapon and come down here and mow everybody down.”

Speaker of the Legislature Galen Hadley said Thursday that he found Mr. Chambers‘ remarks “appalling used in any context,” the Journal Star reported.

“We live in a society where men, women, children of all races, genders, ages, religions are being mowed down around the world,” he told fellow lawmakers. “It’s time to stop the killing, and start the healing. We can start by everyone using his or her words carefully.”

Mr. Chambers responded, “My mere words outrage people on this floor more than those hurtful actions that others shall suffer.”

“I shall continue to express myself in the way that I think is most effective for the point that I am trying to make,” he said.

Last year, Mr. Chambers drew heavy criticism for comparing law enforcement in the United States to the Islamic State terrorist group.

“My ISIS is the police,” the 78-year-old said at the time. “The police are licensed to kill us — children, old people.”

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