Iowa football team postpones AR-15 giveaway after backlash from sponsors

6/5/2022 11:15:00 AM

The team’s owner initially refused calls for the rifle giveaway to be canceled, but he changed his mind later the same day after one of their sponsors threatened to sever ties.

The team’s owner initially refused calls for the rifle giveaway to be canceled, but he changed his mind later the same day after one of their sponsors threatened to sever ties. FOX13

The team’s owner initially refused calls for the rifle giveaway to be canceled, but he changed his mind later the same day after one of their sponsors threatened to sever ties.

Email article An attendee holds a Stag Arms AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle during the National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas on May 28, 2022.Email AMES, Iowa -- Two college students were shot to death Thursday evening in a church parking lot in Ames, Iowa, police said, before the shooter fatally turned his gun on himself.Expand Church Shooting-Iowa People console each other after a shooting at Cornerstone Church on Thursday, June 2, 2022 in Ames, Iowa.shooting AMES, Iowa – Authorities planned to release more details Friday about a shooting outside an Iowa church in which a man fatally shot two women before apparently killing himself.

(Photo by PATRICK T.FALLON/AFP via Getty Images) A Sioux City, Iowa, indoor football team has canceled plans to give away an AR-15 at one of its games after facing backlash in the wake of a series of mass shootings across the U.Both women, ages 22 and 21, were students at nearby Iowa State University, he said.S.Johnathan Lee Whitlatch, 33, of Boone, pulled up in a pickup truck to 22-year-old Eden Montang, 21-year-old Vivian Flores and another woman just before 7 p.The Sioux City Bandits, part of the Champions Indoor Football league, announced the rifle promotion in a Facebook post that has since been removed."This is a very tragic event for our community but I think also nationwide as we experience violent incidents nationwide, and it only seems to increase," said Capt.The team’s owner initially refused calls for the giveaway to be canceled, but he changed his mind later the same day after one of their sponsors threatened to sever ties, The Des Moines Register.Nicholas Lennie declined early Friday to give the ages and names of those killed, but confirmed that they were adults.

He first told the paper that the team wouldn’t cancel because "some guys in New York City and some guys in Boston, Massachusetts, think it’s bad taste.SEE ALSO | Biden presses for more gun control after mass shootings: 'Why do we keep letting this happen?' The shooting came the same night President Joe Biden addressed the nation on the need for stricter gun laws.Montang and Flores were killed, Story County Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald said, and Whitlatch shot himself." The Bandits, part of a league called Champions Indoor Football, partnered with a local gun store owned by a military veteran as part of an annual Military Night at the arena.Everyone who registered had to be at least 18 years old and pass a background check.The most recent incident was just a day earlier, when a man bought an AR-15 style rifle and attacked an Oklahoma hospital, killing four people and then himself.RELATED:.The church is located near Interstate 35, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Des Moines.

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