Church cancels teen gun giveaway

I’ve never been able to figure out why religion and guns go hand and hand so often. From KOCO.com:

An Oklahoma church canceled a controversial gun giveaway for teenagers at a weekend youth conference.

Windsor Hills Baptist had planned to give away a semiautomatic assault rifle until one of the event’s organizers was unable to attend.The church’s youth pastor, Bob Ross, said it’s a way of trying to encourage young people to attend the event. The church expected hundreds of teenagers from as far away as Canada.

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    t3knomanser

    Because religion and rural areas go together. The relationship isn’t religion/guns. It’s rural/religion and rural/guns.

    Actually, that sounds like a really fun day, if you take all the god stuff out of it. As a teen, I would have totally dug that, and would have hoped to win the AR-15. Good plinking gun with loads of options.

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    Reverend Clint

    I won a shotgun at a national Wild Turkey Federation get together when I was like 10. It was not a religious thing but like t3k said a rural thing.

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    Josh Nankivel

    Ever the skeptic, I did a little digging.

    From what I can tell, everything out there is a copy of the original KOCO story. The church has stated that the below two points are false, and that they have a donated shotgun that will be given away.

    *False statements: 1) That a gun had been purchased for $800; 2) That the local TV channel intervened to keep us from giving away an AR-15.

    http://www.whbcyouthconference.org/?c=events

    Personally, I don’t see the big deal about giving away a shotgun whose purpose is lawful hunting or target shooting. As previously said, parts of the country including rural areas tend to have a strong hunting culture. Now if it had really been an assault rifle, I think we may have had something to bitch about.

    Keep up the great work Ryan and Jacob! We love the show!

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