Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman announced Thursday he will give away a Bushmaster AR-15 on July 4 to attract supporters to his campaign from the pro-gun movement.
“Why am I giving away an AR-15 rifle? It’s just one way to thank you for defeating Obama’s anti-gun agenda this year,” the email, sent from Friends of Steve Stockman, said. “But the battle for the right to keep and bear arms is heating up again. President Obama and Sen. Harry Reid are not happy that they didn’t pass any gun control yet, so they’re coming back for more.”
The email refers to the Bushmaster as “the firearm that Obama most wants to ban.”
“I hope you realize that the only reason Obama has not been able to ban semi-autos, magazines and gun shows is because of your activism.”
Stockman, a staunch Second Amendment supporter, also invited gun manufacturers to establish their businesses in his district, according to a statement posted on his congressional website on April 5.
“Attention all persecuted gun owners and unwanted manufacturers: this is an open letter to invite all to the 36th Congressional District of Texas,” the statement said.
Stockman is no stranger to political showmanship. In an April 10 press release regarding the gun ban vote championed by California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein “Stockman will also deliver U-Haul gift cards to the offices of Mark Begich, Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu, Kay Hagan and Max Baucus should they vote for the package, to help with move-out expenses after they are defeated by voters in 2014.”
His campaign is also known for the bumper-sticker, “If babies had guns they wouldn’t be aborted.”
The gun giveaway is hosted on his reelection campaign website www.stockman2014.com and the promotion ends 11:59 PM July 3, 2013. The winner will be required to undergo a dealer’s background check and must meet all laws of the recipient’s jurisdiction.
The email also included a video of his interns shooting the AR-15: