Condemn Raffle of AR-15 by Republican Congressional Candidate

Target: Tyler Tannahill, U.S. Republican Congressional Candidate, Kansas, 2nd District

Goal: Stop the AR-15 giveaway raffle for congressional support.

Kansas Republican congressional candidate Tyler Tannahill has announced an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle giveaway. Apparently, his goal is to raise awareness of his platform to support the second amendment right to keep and bear arms. Public outrage has erupted in response to this weapon raffle, and many citizens are shocked at how inappropriate it is in light of our nation’s current gun violence crisis.

According to Tannahill, the raffle was planned a month in advance and announced the day before Florida’s catastrophic high school shooting, where 17 students died at the hands of a gunman armed with the same type of rifle. Tannahill has reported his intention to continue the gun giveaway, despite former and recent gun violence tragedies. His opinion is that these types of heinous crimes result from mental illness.

Tannahill, an ex-Marine, assures that he doesn’t condone violence but aims for protection from treachery. Giveaway entrants are required to be 18 or older, and participation is restricted to citizens who meet the legal requirements to buy and possess a firearm. The drawing is open to those eligible over the next four months.

The suspect in Florida’s mass school shooting, Nikolas Cruz, allegedly took lives and spilled blood with an AR-15 rifle. 18-year-old Cruz had apparently legally purchased his semi-automatic weapon in his resident state. Legally or illegally acquired, guns are deadly when they get into the wrong hands.

Urge Republican candidate Tyler Tannahill to cancel his AR-15 giveaway. The U.S. already has an overabundance of guns, and the accessibility of firearms and lack of strict regulation has led to increased, heartbreaking fatal and nonfatal wounds. Insist upon safety for citizens, respect for gun violence victims, and demand this tactless raffle be stopped.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Tannahill,

I urge you to cancel your AR-15 semi-automatic rifle giveaway, because it promotes dangerous guns when the U.S. is in the throes of a gun violence crisis. Our country has the largest number of guns per capita in the world, and overabundance and loose regulations threaten the safety of our citizens. Purchased either legally and illegally, deadly weapons are a threat to everyone.

The public giveaway of a firearm in the wake of a mass shooting is disgusting, inappropriate, and ignites upset and increased anxiety in a society that, quite frankly, is fed up. As concerned citizens, we plead with you to reconsider any promotional activity regarding artillery weapons. This unwelcome and unsavory campaign promotion must cease to safeguard people and encourage healing within our communities.

The 2004 ban on the AR-15 and other assault weapons should be reinstated to reduce the heartbreaking and unnecessary loss of innocent lives. You stated your belief that these horrific shootings resulted from mental illness and did not indicate a gun problem. There is a close correlation between mental illness and gun violence, and firearms should never be promoted or made readily accessible because of this.

The AR-15 rifle giveaway negatively fuels a nationwide epidemic that induces adversity and violence. It is hurtful and painful for those affected by the ruthless gunning down of family and friends. Please restore a feeling of peace and hope among your potential constituents by terminating this offensive raffle event and the fear associated with it.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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11 Comments

  1. GEN AGUSTSSON says:

    no more guns! just stop war!

  2. G-DAMN EVIL MINDED REPUBLICAN!!!!. HOPE HE SHOOTS HIS ASS OFF!!!!!

  3. Tina shurtleff says:

    What a disgrace. 17 people were just murdered with this weapon. Most of them children and this is what he does. Vote this moron out. He’s another guns got all nut. Hiding behind the 2nd amendment.

  4. I agree with Tyler – these crimes to result from mental illness…that is mental illness of individuals like himself?

  5. Vote this POS out of office…Karma you bastard!

  6. NOBODY needs to own a weapon like this! A lot has changed since the second amendment was instituted. We need to move with the times. And for Tannahill to be auctioning off that weapon is such a horrible slap in the faces of those children and adults that were killed or traumatized just recently ( and in the past few years). Anyone buying into this giveaway should be ashamed.

  7. HOW MANY MORE HAVE TO BE MURDERED BEFORE YOU TAKE THE RIGHT ACTION TO STOP ALL OF THIS HORRIBLE VIOLENCE?!

  8. Why does people needs these kind of guns, I can’t think of any other reason but for KILLING LIVING CREATURES HUMANS OR ANIMALS!! and THIS kind of CRUELTY IS NOT ACCEPTABLE IN THE 21ST. CENTURY IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY!!

    AMERICAN CHILDREN ARE KILLING AMERICAN CHILDREN BECAUSE PEOPLE WANT TO KEEP THEIR GUNS!!!

  9. I am so sick of the NRA always bringing up the 2nd amendment. No one is trying to take your stupid guns away no-one needs a semi automatic. We need someone to grow a pair and stand up to the NRA.

  10. I wonder if the NRA & supporting Republicans would still feel the same way if their children would be murdered by guns!
    Their current decision = who cares about the public!

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