Congressman hosts gun safety event for kids on Newtown anniversary
December 10th, 2013
09:18 AM ET
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Congressman hosts gun safety event for kids on Newtown anniversary

(CNN) - Rep. Ted Yoho said the date for his upcoming gun safety event for kids was not purposely chosen to coincide with the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting, which left 20 young children and six adults dead.

"My thoughts and prayers go to the victims and families," the Florida Republican Congressman added, in a statement posted Monday to his Facebook page.

"Gun safety education and responsible gun ownership are important topics that should be taught throughout the year," Yoho continued. "And this event is an opportunity to help my constituents learn about these incredibly important practices."

The first-term Congressman will host the event, titled "Family Firearm Safety Event," in his district on Saturday.

"Please bring your family and kids for an educational event on gun safety, purchasing firearms, legal requirements and safety standards while encouraging responsible firearm ownership," the invitation says.

Yoho is a staunch opponent of gun control. After President Barack Obama unveiled his proposals and executive actions in January to combat gun violence, Yoho released a statement saying the President's remarks made him "convinced more than ever that we must protect our 2nd Amendment rights."

"While I agree with President Obama's message that we must curb gun violence and protect our citizens, disregarding our Constitutional rights are the wrong way to go," he added, encouraging the Obama administration to "enforce the laws already on the books."

"As a proud gun owner, I believe that our right to bear arms is a birthright and I will oppose any effort to infringe on our guaranteed Constitutional rights," Yoho continued.


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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. CherryMama

    Great idea. These parents probably don't have the resources to educate their kids, or maybe don't know jack about firearms. They'll learn, too! The timing could have been a little better though...

    December 10, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. ryancf

    @gurgyl - "2nd Amendment bought by NRA, bs"

    ...You do realize that the 2nd Amendment was drafted in the 1700s, right? As in nearly a hundred years before the NRA was founded?

    December 10, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. andy

    I think we should ban guns, Ryder trucks, cars, airplanes, electricity, anything explosive, rocks, knives, shovels, axes, fists, 2×4's, bricks, plastic bags... I will allow the idiots following me to add to the list. One thing is for sure, humans never misbehaved until guns came along. In fact, I think we should all sit in a room coated with nerf balls and talk about how stupid Christians are.

    December 10, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. dennis

    acccording to a study JUST released by the CDC, CONGRESS and HARVARD, gun ownership has increased the highest point ever since 1994 and violent crime has dropped to its lowest point EVER.

    December 10, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. larry

    “We are told NOT to judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics."
    BUT on the other hand…….

    "We are also encouraged TO judge ALL Gun Owners by the actions of a few
    lunatics."
    How is that supposed to work.....??????

    December 10, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Kevin

    I don't really see a problem with this. I guess it's an unfortunate coincidence, but it's not like it's being held IN CONNECTICUT or anything.

    What happened in Newtown was a tragedy, but to let it color what the rest of the country does on the anniversary of that day is dumb. I'm sure this isn't the only gun safety event happening on the day and I'd be surprised if there wasn't one happening somewhere in Connecticut itself.

    December 10, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. Dan

    If only those victims had guns, the death toll would have been lessened. Tom & Gurgy want to assure "Come Shoot Fish In A Barrel" days for the psychos of America. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

    December 10, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. BillSmith2

    First they came for my healthcare, then they will come for my gun..

    December 10, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Jim

    Tone-deaf GOP!

    December 10, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. STINGER

    The President is still going on with his gun agenda on the anniversary of Sandy Hook. The gun grabbers just don't want to learn. Why don't we try criminal control. I would rather have and not need, than to need and not have.

    December 10, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. William Shelton

    @FoolKiller - respect for firearms, perhaps. Respect for the victims of firearms, absolutely not!

    December 10, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. current state of the union

    He's showing the gop he knows the game well, using that day, and lie about it being intentional, who's he think he's kidding. This was his way of proving he is more than willing to go there, and the way he did it was pure gop, use the children killed by guns to advocate more guns, beautiful!

    December 10, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Jim O

    @ The Real Tom Paine

    More useful than what the folks on the other side of the issue have tried to put together. If you're going to preach, preach to them all about respect.

    December 10, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Gurgyl is ignorant

    So the NRA bought the founding fathers so they would create the 2nd amendment?

    December 10, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. ThinkAgain

    If you didn't purposefully choose the date, then obviously the Newtown murders don't mean diddly squat to you because you – and none of your staff, apparently – remembered it.

    December 10, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Adam Smith

    Why not host a marijuana event for kids? Harder to kill a person with a joint than with a gun.

    December 10, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. current state of the union

    And using this venue, cheap shot, expect nothing less after right to work and citizens united. The gop likes to insult you as they put it to you, evil people, scary as he'll there in power.

    December 10, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. Ordo

    Thank you Rep Yoho. Gun safety is paramount to being a responsible gun owner.

    December 10, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. JSB

    In before the comments get shut off for the article.

    If we were to not 'do' something because someone died as a result of it at some point in the past we would never do anything. I do see that gun control maniacs have decided to light up the comments with inane nonsense though.

    December 10, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. Dave

    I wish that the Congressman would hold a meeting on the deaths and injuries due to gun shot and hold guns have contributed to the crime problem in America

    December 10, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. TeWrongtomPayne

    He lives in Florida. Not Newtown, CT. The evens are totally unrelated. How anyone turns an event on gun safety into endorsement of a school shooting thousands of miles away is ridiculous. How anyone turns an event on gun safety into a sign of disrespect to victims of a shooting thousands of miles away is ridiculous
    Even if one was foolish enough to consider a gun safety course a thousand miles away disrespectful to murder victims, you could turn any event on gun safety into a straw man litmus test on whether someone respects a patrticular shooting victim(s) somweher in the US or the world

    December 10, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Goblin King

    I see nothing wrong with this. Children should learn how to handle weapons safely.

    December 10, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. JayDavid

    "Rep. Ted Yoho said the date for his upcoming gun safety event for kids was not purposely chosen to coincide with the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting, which left 20 young children and six adults dead."

    We Americans are a bunch of mentally-ill, gun-toting idiots.

    December 10, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. Mike

    Ok, let's get this straight. The right to bear arms is a birthright. The right to health care is a privilege for those that can afford it. Hmmmmm....we live in a twisted country.

    December 10, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. Goblin King

    @rs "To create an event like this right now is not only incredibly insensitive and in bad taste, it is simply cruel."

    How is it any of those things?

    December 10, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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