An AR-15 "assault rifle" giveaway by a large church in Missouri has some Christians arguing over gun control laws. But is it even legitimate to call these weapons being given away an assault rifle?
In a related report by The Inquisitr, a shooting in Miami has reports claiming that "high power automatic weapons" were used to gun down several people. If true, that would be quite an event since some sources claim "the ATF says that no true assault rifle has been used to commit an actual crime. They are rare and very expensive, not something street criminals are likely to have."
According to the Joplin Globe, the AR-15 giveaway is intended to "get more people to follow Jesus" and Heath Mooneyham, lead pastor of Ignite Church, believes that arming the congregation is a good method for doing this:
"If we get people in the door, we get to preach the gospel. If we can get more people to follow Jesus, I'll give away 1,000 guns. I don't care."
For this past Father's Day, Ignite held a raffle where each person could enter a name and they were given an additional ticket if anyone brought their father to church with them. The prize was two so-called "Black Rain AR-15 assault rifles." Dan McCain, who won one of the two AR-15 rifles, explained his feelings on the matter:
"I was very happy to win the rifle. I've never won anything in my life, so it was exciting. I enjoy hunting and target shooting. I haven't had the opportunity to hunt in a while, but hope to change that this season. Firearm ownership does not equate to violence."
"I think giving away weapons, with all the violence in this country, gives way to new violence. I don't think it's just nontraditional. I think it's careless and reckless."
"Prior to 1989, the term 'assault weapon' did not exist in the lexicon of firearms. It is a political term, developed by anti-gun publicists to expand the category of 'assault rifles' so as to allow an attack on as many additional firearms as possible on the basis of undefined 'evil' appearance."
What do you think about Ignite Church giving away free AR-15 rifles?