Republican Florida state Sen. Greg Evers is holding a “Homeland Defender Giveaway” that will award one free AR-15 assault rifle, only a week after a gunman used the same weapon to kill 49 people in Orlando, Florida.
Evers, who is running for a U.S. Congress seat, wrote on his website: “With terrorism incidents on the rise, both at home and abroad, protecting our constitutional rights has never been more important. With all that’s happening in the world today, I’ve never felt stronger about the importance of the second amendment in protecting our homeland than I do now.”
The Washington Post noted in November 2015 that there is “little evidence that more guns—especially in the possession of regular citizens—would do much to change the outcome when gun-bearing terrorists, bombs strapped to their chests, barrel through concert halls, sporting events, restaurants, and other public spaces.”
The newspaper’s Wonkblog noted a 2015 study that found people without gun training didn’t take cover, didn’t try to giving commands to assailants, and either shot innocent people or unarmed folks. Sometimes, armed Americans didn’t shoot at an armed assailant until after the assailant opened fire on them.
Evers’ website says that the winner of the assault rifle will have to pass a federal background check and adds that Evers has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, which has strongly opposed background checks.
The website doesn’t mention the 49 victims or the worst U.S mass shooting in history in Orlando, but does say that the winner of the assault rifle will be chosen from those who have “liked” Evers’ Facebook campaign page and shared a posting from the page.
According to Evers’ Facebook page on June 21, one of his images was reported and removed from Facebook:
Facebook removed one of two posts related to the “Homeland Defender” giveaway after a California-based liberal activist reported the post for “promoting graphic violence” (see image below). Facebook couldn’t be more wrong about the nature of the post. But, the good news is that we anticipated this and all contest entries from liking and sharing that post have been saved. Also, you can like and share any of my posts, or just like my page and you’ll be entered to win.
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