If you thought you’d heard every cockamamie reason a Republican politician could possibly give for why Americans need to be able to purchase and use AR-15 assault rifles despite the fact that they are the weapon of choice for mass shooters in the United States, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) went whole hog when it came to absurdity in defense of such guns.

HuffPost reports that Cassidy made his remarks during an interview with Vice News:

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), in an interview with Vice News chief political correspondent Elizabeth Landers, weighed in on why he thinks people in his home state might want to grip up with assault-style rifles like the ones used in mass killings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, among others.

Owners, Cassidy said, would tell you “killing feral pigs” makes AR-15 ownership worthwhile.

“I use it to kill feral pigs, the action of a criminal deprives me of my right,” Cassidy said, imagining a gun owner’s response.


Feral pigs? Really? Clearly, Sen. Cassidy needs to be made aware of a quote that applies to him in spades: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”

Twitter users also had some advice for the Louisiana Republican.

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