Lawmaker holds AR-15 giveaway after Orlando shooting

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV)– A fundraising event in the works for Tennessee state Representative Andy Holt is offering two AR-15 assault rifles as door prizes.

It’s the same style of rifle used in Sunday’s Orlando massacre and other recent shootings.

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.”

Holt went on to blame the media for the repeated use of the AR-15 in mass shootings.

“Why do we see the repeated use of the AR-15? Well because it’s interviews like this,” Holt said. “It’s because of the media’s absolute infatuation with the AR-15.”

Holt’s fundraising event is a hog fest and turkey shoot.

In the online announcement, Holt also cracked a joke about the transgender community.

He said President Barack Obama has no control over the event and the women’s division for the shoot is only open to biological females.

You can inflict a lot of damage,” said Holt when asked if a person with a handgun would be able to kill so many. “A Molotov cocktail would have done the same thing.”

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