This December 14 will mark the one-year anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In light of the upcoming remembrance of the shooting that killed 20 children and six adults, the Connecticut town of Newtown on Monday has asked for privacy and a restrained media presence.
But there’s a good chance that the residents of Newtown didn’t expect a Florida GOP Congressman to host a gun-training event on the anniversary — an act that many see as a slap in the face to families that are still suffering in the wake of the tragedy.
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) posted an invite to his Facebook page for the event to be held this coming Saturday, although a spokesman claimed that it was not meant to be on the same day as the anniversary. Many agree that the training event falling on December 14 is not likely a coincidence.
“Join us for a Family Firearm Safety event Saturday, December 14 at 2pm in Lake City. I encourage you to bring your family and friends,” the post on Yoho’s Facebook page said.
The event will supposedly feature instructors talking about “gun safety,” along with the importance of making sure guns aren’t easily accessible.
Aside from the denials emanating from Yoho and the event’s organizers, the timing is reflective of the intimidating and provocative tactics of gun lobbying groups who target anniversary dates of tragedies brought about by gun violence.