GOPer Defends Decision To Give Away Same Rifle Used In Orlando At Fundraiser

June 13, 2016 5:57 p.m.

A Republican lawmaker from Tennessee is unwavering in his plan to give away AR-15 rifles, the same firearm used in Sunday’s deadly attack in Orlando, Florida, as prizes at a fundraiser later this month.

State Rep. Andy Holt wrote a lengthy post on his Facebook page Monday bashing the media for asking if he’d still give away the same model of semi-automatic rifle used in the mass shooting in Orlando—as well as the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and in December’s terror attack in San Bernardino, California—as a prize at his “Hog Fest” fundraiser on June 25.

His original plan was to only give away one rifle, but because of the backlash from the media, he’ll give away two, according to WSMV.

“I’m furious that I get phone calls from the media asking me if I’m still going to give away an AR-15 at our HogFest, rather than asking me how many extra firearms I’ll be handing out to ensure people can protect themselves,” Holt wrote on Facebook. “After all, it was a bullet that stopped the terrorist. Amazing how so many seem to miss that fact.”

In the post, which features a photo of Holt shooting a gun, the Tennessee Republican went on to blame “radical Islam” for the killings and called out a Democratic congressman for speaking out in favor of stricter gun control.

“I’m furious over the fact that our government literally refuses to recognize the threat of radical Islam,” Holt wrote. “I’m furious that it is no longer an insidious threat; but has been allowed, and even encouraged, to become an all out blatant attack due to the inaction of our irresponsible government ‘leaders.’ I’m furious over the fact that reckless ‘leaders’ like Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Memphis) rush to blame the 2nd Amendment rather than radical Islam.”

While Holt acknowledged conservatives may not agree with LGBT lifestyles, he argued liberals were the real hypocrites in their response to the Orlando attack.

“I’m furious that these same liberal democrats rushing to condemn conservative Christians that may disagree with a lifestyle, simultaneously rush to defend a religion that readily hangs and massacres gays and lesbians,” he wrote. “Ever been to a country where Muslims are the majority? If you have, you’ll find gay men hanging in the streets.”

Read Holt’s entire post here:

h/t Huffington Post

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