TN State Rep to Give Away AR-15s at Fundraiser

When you are giving away weapons as prizes you really need to rethink every aspect of your philosophy:


A fundraising event in the works for Tennessee state Rep. Andy Holt was offering an AR-15 as the door prize.

Holt, R-Dresden, is known for speaking his mind, and the day after the deadliest shooting in American history is no exception.

For an upcoming fundraiser, the West Tennessee lawmaker is planning to give away two AR-15 rifles, the same kind of weapon used in Sunday’s shooting.

“We should not focus on the gun itself,” said Holt in a phone conversation. “We should focus on the depravity of the heart of the person who’s pulling the trigger.”

Omar Mateen, who allegedly pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State, carried out an attack at a gay night club in Orlando early Sunday morning.

Investigators said he used a pistol as well as an assault-style rifle to kill 49 people and wound 53 others.

Holt said his door prize will encourage people to protect themselves.

When asked if he thought giving away an assault-style rifle might be offensive, Holt said, “It’s not intended to come across as offensive, it’s intended to help people.”


  1. “We should focus on the depravity of the heart of the person who’s pulling the trigger.”

    Agreed! And then we should make sure they don’t get their hands AR-15’s in, say, a door prize giveaway.

  2. Fer god’s sake, the gun is called an AR-15… Assault Rifle. It has assault right there in the name! How are these things still legal?

    1. Not that it really matters, but “the “AR” in all ArmaLite pattern firearms simply stands for “ArmaLite Rifle”. (

      They could name this thing (and other guns like it) whatever they wanted, and it still wouldn’t change the fact that weapons like this do not belong in the hands of civilians. There is no good reason to own one of these. They are machines designed for no other purpose than killing large numbers of people. The average citizen is never in a situation where such a thing is required, even if we grant some (usually BS) self-defense scenario. Seriously, if you live somewhere that makes you feel like you need to gear up to be able to engage in high-intensity firefights, then you should move as soon as possible.

      1. I didn’t know that. I double-checked and several Google searches to different sources and you’re right; they all confirm the AR – ArmaLite moniker connection.

        And I definitely agree that there’s no productive reason for civilians to own these handheld WMDs.

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