Police are investigating a protest at Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's home as he said Monday he is prepared to use lethal force if necessary.
The KCK Police Department issued a statement Monday afternoon about the protest Saturday at Kobach's home.
"We are reviewing (sic) matter to determine if protestors violated any laws or ordinances," according to the brief news release.
Kobach is declining interview requests with Kansas City and Topeka media outlets, but did speak with Fox News.
"I was just appalled," he said. "They have a right to protest at my office or at my public places, that's fine. But they don't have the right to enter someone's private property and engage in this kind of intimidation. I have four little girls and they would have been terrified to see 200 protesters shouting at their daddy on megaphones on the front lawn."
A town hall meeting was held Saturday to discuss comprehensive immigration reform. Hundreds had planned to attend.
Four buses filled with protestors converged Saturday on Kobach's home. He and his family were out of town at time, according to Kobach.
Video shot by one of the protestors showed a group standing at Kobach's front door. Chants and songs were made. Some protestors left behind shoes that they said represented the fathers turned by their families after they were deported.
The Sunflower Community Action group said they went to Kobach's home to make a statement and because he had refused to meet with group leaders at his office in Topeka. They said the Secretary of State's office had said to meet with Kobach at his private office, which is inside his home, they said.
"He was testifying against immigration reform in Washington last month. We asked to speak to him and listen to our story, and again, he refused," Sunflower Community Action Executive Director Sulma Arias said.
Arias said the protest had made an impact and the group has no regrets.
"I think having the chance to make a statement about this in public and how our families are hurting is effective," Arias said.
Arias said they won't be staging anymore protests at Kobach's home. Her focus will be geared toward meeting with members of Congress.
Kobach, an attorney, has championed tough immigration laws, including an Arizona law. He told Fox News that he believed many of those outside his home are in Kansas illegally.
"You don't go to a public official's home and try to intimidate him because of the positions he's taken," he said.
He said it took police 15 minutes to respond to his home, which he believes is unacceptable when a "mob" was involved.
"I shudder to think what would have happened if one of members of the mob had tried to break into the house," he said.
He said Saturday's incident is an example of why Americans should bear arms.
"If we had been in the home and not been armed, I would have felt very afraid because it took the police 15 minutes to show up," he said to Fox News. "It's important we recognize there's a reason we have the Second Amendment. There are situations like this where you have a mob and you do need to be able to protect yourself."
He said if he had been home and the demonstrators had gotten out of hand his family would have been "in grave jeopardy."
"The Second Amendment is the private property owner's last resort," he said.
He believes laws were broken, including terrorizing a public official.
He said he will not bow to pressure.
"My views are set and I'm determined to do what I can to restore the rule of law," he said. "Let's obey our laws and not give amnesty to illegal aliens."
And Fox News said he leveled a warning to would-be protestors.
"Don't come to my home and don't scare my family," he said.
The Sunflower Community Action group that organized the protest has yet to respond to Kobach's comments and criticism.
Friday, April 18 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:29:55 GMT
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