On Father’s Day, Ignite Church in Joplin, Missouri, had a raffle for two AR-15 rifles to help attract fathers and young men to services.
According to the Muskogee Phoenix, “The church gave area fathers an opportunity to put their names in a free drawing to win one of two AR-15 rifles.” Tickets were handed out based on how many children the father brought to church and whether he brought his own father.
Pastor Heath Mooneyham said that “the giveaway targeted a specific demographic–males age 18 to 35.”
He also said that trips to gun ranges are not uncommon for his church.
The newspaper made sure to note that the AR-15 was “one of several guns used in Aurora, Colo., where a gunman killed 12 people in a movie theater, and similar to the style of rifle used in the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.”
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