Congressman brags about offing ‘crazy raccoon’ with Desert Eagle
By Sahil Kapur
Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 -- 12:18 pm
WASHINGTON -- Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa says he doesn't take kindly to raccoons trying to take shelter in his home.
The minute King noticed a raccoon trying to weasel into his house last week, he grabbed his semi-automatic gun and chased the fleeing creature out into a deadly Iowa storm, firing away.
Clearly proud of what he did, he then posted this self-congratulatory message on Twitter: "Mid day, mid blizzard, 15 degrees, Crazy Raccoon chewing and clawing his way into my house. Desert Eagle 1, Crazy Raccoon zero."
Doubling down on his accomplishment, King this week told the Roll Call's "Heard On The Hill" his Desert Eagle was "the one I had handy" and said he refused to tolerate "an animal that might be sick, might be rabid, out there."
The Desert Eagle is a deadly gas-operated semi-automatic handgun that's capable of firing .50 Action Express caliber round bullets. "That’s one very dangerous firearm," said Ken MacKay, a police officer, of the weapon.