Texas governor cancels shotgun giveaway after Santa Fe school shooting

Mimi Launder
Tuesday 22 May 2018 12:45
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A Texas governor has abandoned a shotgun giveaway contest from his website after ten people were killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School last week.

Governor Greg Abbot cancelled the contest, which ran as part of his re-election campaign, after he was blasted as tone-deaf and inappropriate on social media.

The Austin chapter of March for Our Lives - the gun control initiative started by survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida - criticised the giveaway on Twitter.

Previously, the Texas Tribune reports, participants entered with a chance to win a $250 gift certificate that could be redeemable for a 'Texas-made shotgun'. Now, the website doesn't mention the gun, only offering a $250 gift certificate.

John Wittman, a campaign spokesman, told CNN the change was made over the weekend because of the mass shooting. The contest began on 1 May - before the shooting in Santa Fe - and ends 31 May.

You're probably wondering why a government official would host a competition to win a potentially fatal weapon in the first place. That would be fair a question. But unfortunately we don't have a clear answer beyond 'Because America?'.

HT Texas Tribune

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