Sunday, July 13, 2008

This is NOT an Onion headline

And it's not from the Borowitz report, either. WHAT are these people thinking?

Church Cancels Teen Gun Giveaway

An Oklahoma church canceled a controversial gun giveaway for teenagers at a weekend youth conference.

Windsor Hills Baptist had planned to give away a semiautomatic assault rifle until one of the event's organizers was unable to attend.

The church’s youth pastor, Bob Ross, said it’s a way of trying to encourage young people to attend the event. The church expected hundreds of teenagers from as far away as Canada.

"Say, kids are into that hippity-hop rap stuff, right? The rappers all sing about guns. Like that Will Smith guy. He was real great when he played Ray Charles. I bet we'll even get some kids from the 'hood, hee hee hee!"

A video on the church Web site shows the shooting competition from last year’s conference. A gun giveaway was part of the event last year. This year, organizers included it in their marketing.

“I don’t want people thinking ‘My goodness, we’re putting a weapon in the hand of somebody that doesn’t respect it who are then going to go out and kill,'” said Ross. “That’s not at all what we’re trying to do.”

Gee dude, I hope not. You guys are in OKLAHOMA CITY, remember? Didn't you grow sick of whacked-out, militia-loving, violent psychos after that McVeigh guy caused all that trouble in your city?

Couldn't Pastor Ross hold a picnic like they do at all the other churches? Gawd.