- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 9, 2013

Rep. Steve Stockman caused a stir in the Twitterverse Wednesday after tweeting that he was raffling off a Bushmaster AR-15.

“Want to win a FREE AR-15? Congressman Steve Stockman is giving one away! … Grab this gun before Obama does!” The Texas Republican tweeted.

Twitter erupted with criticism, but Stockman’s spokesman told The Daily Mail that his boss has heard little other than praise.

“Here in the congressional office the response has been overwhelmingly positive,” Donny Ferguson said. “What Democrats have called in have been universally violent and mentally unstable. … There is nothing more psychotic and violent than an anti-gun activist. But people across the country love the idea and support the civil right to keep and bear arms.”

It wasn’t the first time the congressman was at the brunt of Twitter backlash this week. Just minutes after Jodi Arias’ guilty verdict was read, Rep. Stockman tweeted, “Right now Jodi Arias is regretting not killing an ambassador or Philadelphia infant,” in reference to Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s murder trial and Wednesday’s Congressional Benghazi hearings.

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