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OKC youth conference gun giveaway gutted



If Chicken-Fried News readers were interested in the semiautomatic rifle that was going to be given away at a local church's weekend youth conference, you're out of luck.

Windsor Hills Baptist Church hoped the weapon would encourage attendance at the event slated for last week, but gutted the giveaway when an event organizer couldn't attend, according to United Press International.

Bob Ross, youth pastor for the church located at 5517 N.W. 23rd St., told KOCO-TV the weeklong extravaganza planned to feature 21 hours of preachin' and teachin'. Ross said event coordinator Jim Vineyard, pastor emeritus, was not able to attend after injuring his tootsie.

CFN hopes no one got shot in the foot on this one.

"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,'" Ross told KOCO. "That's not at all what we're trying to do."

Ross told the station the church anticipated attendance from as far away as Canada. He added that the conference was about teens finding faith " not just guns.

A 2007 youth conference highlight video on the church Web site, which proclaims "WE HAVE A GOODLY HERITAGE" and includes some nifty Revolutionary War footage, shows an elderly gentleman and a lil' youngster spraying lead.

"Although the shooting competition that was to take place during the Youth Conference had been canceled, due to false statements* made by the Oklahoma City TV Channel 5 (KOCO) and subsequently reported also by media outlets across the country, a shotgun was donated last Saturday so that the competition could go on as planned," said a statement posted on the Web site.

"If Congress, back when our country was fighting for its independence, could give engraved muskets to the fifteen or so eleven year old boys that their teacher, Mr. Akins, led into battle against the British, then we can give away a firearm still today, especially since our Supreme Court just re-emphasized our Second Amendment rights. *False statements: 1) That a gun had been purchased for $800; 2) That the local TV channel intervened to keep us from giving away an AR-15."

This reminds CFN's intern, Bucky, of his favorite 1942 war ditty "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition."

"You make a lot of new friends down here," conference attendee Vikki Goncharenko told KOCO. "You get to meet new people. There's a bunch of things that are going on. It's just, you have a wonderful time."

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