State Sen. and apparent quintessential good ol' boy Greg Evers, who is running for U.S. Congress, pissed a bunch of people off last month after launching a contest in which the winner would receive an AR-15.
Now he's at it again, reports the News Service of Florida. This time, he's holding a fundraiser at which attendees can pay up to $2,700 to fire a machine gun.
Normally, this type of behavior would elicit a chuckle and maybe an eye roll among fans of not allowing unfettered access to weapons that can kill dozens in mere minutes.
But Evers announced his first ploy just days after the Orlando massacre, which wasn't carried out with an AR-15, but a similarly deadly gun.
Some details on the latest ploy, courtesy of News Service of Florida:
"Sen. Greg Evers, running in a crowded Republican primary for a Northwest Florida congressional seat, will hold a fund-raising event where donors can pay up to $2,700 for a chance to shoot a variety of military-style machine guns, according to a press release issued Wednesday. Evers, a Baker Republican, will also give a prize to the shooter who "kills" Osama Bin Laden, the release said."
In that same media release, Evers attacked critics, many of whom might not know the nuances of firearms as well as someone who is known for shepherding NRA-backs laws through the State Legislature.
"Since some folks don't understand the difference between an AR-15 and a real assault rifle capable of automatic fire, we're going to show them," Evers said in the press release. "I think people will get a big kick out of seeing what a real assault rifle can do, and they'll have even more fun shooting up simulated terrorists."
Attendees will be able to shoot six fully automatic machine guns, including two military-grade M-16 assault rifles and four varieties of submachine guns at the event, which takes place at the Pensacola Indoor Shooting Range on July 23.
Evers is running in a crowded Republican primary for the District 1 Congressional seat current Congressman Jeff Miller currently occupies, and apparently waving big guns around is his way of getting attention from the base in the Panhandle district.