A politician has claimed that ping pong is more dangerous than guns just a week after 26 were shot dead in a school by a lone gunman.
Incoming Texas State Representative Kyle Kacal made the remark as he insisted that new gun restrictions are not needed in the aftermath of the killing spree in Connecticut.
The rancher, who is due to take up his seat in the house of representatives in 2013, said: 'I've heard of people being killed playing ping pong - ping pongs are more dangerous than guns. Flat-screen TVs are injuring more kids today than anything.'
His remarks, reported by Yahoo news, come just a week after 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and shot dead 20 children and six adult staff members.
The massacre has led to calls for tighter gun restrictions in America where bearing arms is a constitutional right.
Earlier this week President Barack Obama announced that Vice President Joe Biden will lead an effort to come up with policies to address gun violence
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