Alabama Senator Says 'Empty Clip' Remark Not Violent

February 8, 2011 - 6:00 PM

Montgomery, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama legislator said it's time to "empty the clip" when addressing illegal immigration, but he says he wasn't advocating violence.

Others found his remarks frightening after a deadly Arizona rampage.

Sen. Scott Beason said Tuesday he used the phrase in a weekend speech to the Cullman County Republican Club, but not in the sense of firing all the ammunition in a weapon.

He said he meant that it will take a wide array of government action to solve illegal immigration and other problems.

State Democratic Party Chairman Mark Kennedy said the remark was "reckless rhetoric," after a gunman used a semiautomatic pistol with a 33-round clip to kill six people and wound 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Jan. 8 in Tucson, Ariz.