Michele Fiore wants to be clear: She wants to shoot terrorists — not Syrian refugees — in the head.
The controversial Nevada assemblywoman — who recently made headlines for a Christmas card featuring her gun-toting family — says that when she expressed a desire to "shoot 'em in the head," she was referring to Islamic terrorists.
"I was not talking about the refugees,” she told the Associated Press on Monday, though she added that she doesn't want any in her state.
Fiore, who is running for Congress, made the "shoot 'em in the head" comment last month while explaining on her weekend radio show "Walk the Talk With Michele Fiore" why she and a few other lawmakers hadn't yet signed a Republican caucus letter calling for a review of federal refugee resettlement programs.
"We didn't know anything about the letter, nor did we get invited to be on the letter," she said. "So [Republican strategist] Chuck Muth calls me while I'm out of state handling some other stuff and he says 'Michele. What the hell is wrong with you? Why isn't your signature on this letter?'
"I'm like 'Chuck, calm down. What are you talking about, Chuck?' He's like, 'The Syrian refugees.' I'm like, 'What, are you kidding me? I'm about to fly to Paris and shoot 'em in the head myself.'
"I mean, I am not okay with Syrian refugees. I am not okay with terrorists. I'm okay with putting them down — blacking them out. Just put a piece of brass in their ocular cavity and end their miserable life. I'm good with that."
The Nov. 21 comment went largely unnoticed until Fiore made headlines last week for a different reason: Her family Christmas card, in which most of her family members, including a 5-year-old, are pictured carrying guns.
Fiore is no stranger to controversy and national headlines.
Nevada Assembly Speaker John Hambrick (R) removed Fiore as majority leader and as chairwoman of the Taxation Committee late last year, blaming her Internal Revenue Service troubles. At the time, Fiore reportedly faced more than $1 million in tax liens.
In February, she attracted national attention when she described cancer as a fungus that can be cured by "flushing, let’s say, saltwater, sodium carbonate." A month later, Fiore reportedly described a black colleague as a "colored man," drawing criticism from civil rights advocates.
Fiore will not seek a third term. Instead, she plans to run for the congressional seat currently held by Rep. Joe Heck (R), who is running to replace Sen. Harry Reid (D).