Hundreds of people signed up for a drawing to win an Elite Arms AR-15 at Ralph Bristol's "2nd Amendment is Homeland Security" event held at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet Saturday.
Close to 500 people attended the event that featured 6th District GOP Congressman Diane Black's primary challenger, Joe Carr. Dozens of pro-2nd Amendment booths dotted the park, and entertainment included the Gatlin Brothers. State Rep. Susan Lynn, also up for reelection, was also in attendance and conducted a drawing for free time at a local gun range.
Carr commented to The Wilson Post on the sizable turnout for the event.
"I think this crowd is a great illustration of the support for our Second Amendment rights, just days before America's 240th birthday," Carr said.
When Carr was recently asked about Judge William Fletcher's ruling that the 2nd Amendment does not give citizens the right to carry a concealed weapon, he said, "We continue to see an attack on our rights by those who do not understand the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. There are people who believe that if you take guns away from citizens there will be less shootings and attacks on innocent people, when statistics show otherwise. The Constitution is not a 'living and breathing' document, and our Founding Fathers were brilliant in writing that our right to bear arms 'shall not be infringed.'"
The drawing for the AR-15 was held on July 4. Carr announced David Davis of Lebanon was the winner on Tuesday.
"I would like to thank Mr. Davis for his support, and once he passes the required background check, he will receive the firearm at no cost," Carr said.
Carr took some time to speak with The Wilson Post at Saturday's event.
He said he was 58 years old and had been using a gun since he was a young boy, "of course responsibly."
"Without guns, no one really has a way of protecting themselves," he said. "... A gun never killed anyone. It's who pulled the trigger, not the gun. Pulling out guns doesn't solve the problem."
Carr mentioned the recent mass shootings in an Orlando gay bar.
"If I had been there and had been armed, not that many people would have been killed," Carr said. "I have proficient knowledge of firearms and would not have hesitated to kill that guy."
Carr said the 2nd Amendment is about the responsibility and obligation of each American to protect their life, liberty and property.
Early Voting for the Primary Election will be held July 15 through 30. Election Day is August 4.
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