Yeah, Sure, Let's Give Away Friggin' Assault Rifles As Raffle Prizes 'Cause One Mass Shooting A Day Just Isn't Enough

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Andy Holt exercising the right that's most important to him, and never mind the body count.

 Aaaargh. The blood had barely dried on the Pulse bathroom walls when upstanding husband, father, Christian, "unapologetic conservative" gun-lover and Tennessee GOP Rep. Andy Holt had defiantly announced he'll give away not just one as previously planned, but TWO AR-15s - the assault rifle used in all our favorite mass killings - as a door prize for his upcoming Hog Fest and Turkey Shoot fundraiser, where people are encouraged to bring their own rifles and ammo and oh boy yes there will be shooting! Holt, who thought the Oregon takeover by the Bundy crew was just the ticket and has sponsored several gun bills to allow weapons on college campuses because what could possibly go wrong, continues to echo the NRA blather that events like the massacre in Orlando have absolutely nothing to do with the ease with which any deranged confused hateful soul can acquire a high-capacity semi-automatic military weapon to mow down scores of innocent people. "It's not about the gun," he says. "It has everything to do with the position and condition of that person’s heart that’s behind the gun pulling the trigger."

When asked, he admitted he's not clear on just how to determine that aforementioned position and condition, but by God he's working on it. Tossing a tantalizing pinch of racism into his stew of bluster and idiocy, he added, "The only thing wrong with the AR-15 is that it’s black and it looks real scary," and next thing you know we'll be banning the same model of airplane used on 9/11. Wait....He says he's received death threats from "the left wing" and he's "sick and tired of the media and liberal politicians attacking our right to keep and bear arms," which is why now he's urging everyone who doesn't have a gun to go out and get one, and if they have one, to get another, because, yeah, GUNS! On the other side of the planet, in the wake of Orlando and all the rest, Samantha Bee is likewise sick and tired of bellicose asshats like him. On her show last night, she said it's all well and good to talk of love after such atrocities, but more to the point we have to love each other enough to be willing to "solve our fucking problems." Her meltdown is glorious to behold. Bonus: Here are the 50 senators whose votes allowed the Orlando shooter to do what he did. 

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