People Are Angry That This Lawmaker Is Giving Away Two AR-15s At A Fundraiser

Tennessee lawmaker rejects accusations that the giveaway is insensitive to victims of the Orlando mass shooting.

As the U.S. recovers from its most deadly mass shooting, a Tennessee lawmaker says he is “doubling down” on his decision to give away a door prize at an upcoming campaign fundraiser — two AR-15 assault rifles.

As the U.S. recovers from its most deadly mass shooting, a Tennessee lawmaker says he is "doubling down" on his decision to give away a door prize at an upcoming campaign fundraiser — two AR-15 assault rifles.

AR-15 rifles displayed at the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., in May 2016.

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Two days before the deadly Orlando Pulse night club shooting, Republican state Representative Andy Holt announced he would be hosting a hogfest and turkey shoot on June 25.

“We'll have all-you-can-eat whole hog roast with all the fixings, a petting zoo and hay rides for the kids, live music, a turkey shoot and more!” according to the announcement on Holt's website. “Oh, did I mention we're giving away an AR-15 as the door prize!”

The massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando overnight Sunday, carried out by a shooter armed with a .223 caliber AR-15 type rifle and 9mm semiautomatic pistol, But Holt said the weapon used in the shooting is not to blame.

The massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando overnight Sunday, carried out by a shooter armed with a .223 caliber AR-15 type rifle and 9mm semiautomatic pistol, But Holt said the weapon used in the shooting is not to blame.

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“Instead of focusing on the weapon that was used, there should be a focus on radical Islam,” Holt said. “The focus should not be on the weapon, it should be on the individual's heart and the cowardly acts that he performed.”

The AR-15 was selected as the giveaway prize by the campaign because of it is a multi-use firearm that can be adapted for hunting, target practice, or personal defense, he added.


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