One gun shop owner in Pittsburgh is giving away an AR-15 assault rifle and 1,000 rounds of ammunition in protest of President Barack Obama’s gun safety proposals.
He said that citizens need these types of guns to “defend themselves against a tyrannical government.”
Eric Lowry is giving the gun away through his company’s Facebook page. He is also giving away 30 high-capacity magazines. Lowry’s shop sells many weapons, including sidearms and police and military weaponry. There are also survival and defense classes held at the shop.
Lowry said there should be no restrictions to what types of guns Americans use, and that we should be able to use the same types of guns soldiers use.
“It’s your Second Amendment right to own a gun, no matter what kind of firearm it is,” he said. “Citizens should be armed well enough to defend themselves against a tyrannical government in which case they should be able to own the same kind of firearms that any military soldier should be able to own.”
His shop experienced a large increase in sales after the Sandy Hook shootings.
“Two days after the shooting, we sold 95 percent of our stock out,” Lowry said.
On Wednesday, a group of celebrities spoke in support of Obama’s proposal for stricter gun laws. Tony Bennett, Chris Rock, and Amanda Peet were some of the celebrities who joined survivors of gun violence. They called for stricter gun laws and universal background checks on gun buyers.
“I’d like the assault weapons to go to war, not in our own country and I’d like assault weapons eliminated,” Bennett said.
Chris Rock urged the country to trust the president.
“The president and the first lady are kind of like the mom and dad of the country. And when your dad says something - you listen,” Rock said. “And when you don’t it usually bites you in the ass later on.”
Others took on a more serious tone, as actor Adam Scott said the country would be “broken” if actions weren’t taken to prevent massacres like the Sandy Hook shooting.
“Our Congress is holding in their hands the power to save lives right now. All they have to do is pass the sensible legislation President Obama recommended,” he said. “Let’s put partisanship aside and help each other.”