An Arkansas man has gone viral for his tweet about feral hogs that he tied into the nationwide debate over gun control, which was reignited after two mass shootings last weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

“Legit question for rural Americans — How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?” William McNabb, who lives near a swamp in South Arkansas, tweeted Monday.


The tweet reportedly came in response to singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, who tweeted that assault weapons should be banned in the wake of the two deadly massacres that killed more than 30 people combined.

“If you’re on here arguing the definition of ‘assault weapon’ today you are part of the problem,” the Alabama musician tweeted Sunday. “You know what an assault weapon is, and you know you don’t need one.” 


Isbell later responded to McNabb, tweeting: “If you have dozens of hogs chasing your children around your yard, you have problems no weapon will fix.”

McNabb said his comment was serious and that he needs a gun to shoot the wild pigs  — which cause $1.5 billion in damage nationally every year, according to the Department of Agriculture — that could run into his yard and potentially hurt his kids.

“I’m a law abiding citizen. Guns are legal,” he tweeted. “Why would I spend over 20k on a fence (without taking into consideration of how to cross a swamp) when I can legally own a weapon at fraction of cost to protect my family?”


The exchange went viral, with many mocking McNabb and others decrying his stance on guns.


McNabb later said he was not advocating “for one solution” and had asked "a question about a real problem" and gotten answered with “ridicule.”