GOP US House Candidate To Give Away AR-15

The Kansas City Star reports:

A Leavenworth Republican looking to replace U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins in Kansas’ second congressional district is giving away an AR-15 rifle for his campaign — and he has no plans to stop it despite social media pushback in light of Wednesday’s Florida mass school shooting.

Tyler Tannahill, a Marine veteran, on Tuesday posted on his campaign Facebook and Twitter pages: “As an avid sportsman, I’m excited to announce our first AR-15 Giveaway! You can earn multiple entries and no purchase is necessary to win! Enter today!”

Hours after the Florida shooting, Tannahill posted to social media that he and his wife were “heartbroken to learn of the tragedy” and shared a link to a nonprofit program by the Buckeye Firearms Foundation called FASTER. Tannahill said he supports the idea of the training program for educators, adding “I don’t think more laws could have prevented this (the Florida shooting).”

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Perfect timing – weaselpecker!!!

    • Lumpy Gaga

      ?? Has Picky transitioned?

  • fuow

    Sadly, it is the way to be elected. Rethugs vote, Democrats do not.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Then how did Hillary get 3 million more votes than Trump? Are you saying that Republicans were voting for her?

      • northern_neighbour

        Nah, they, the Repubs, weren’t rooting for Hillary, but rather for keeping the
        Archaic Electoral College vote rigging system.

        Hillary’s voters were just too stupid
        to realize they should not cluster together in Blue states.

        If they really had meant to support her properly they should have had
        the gumption to move to MI, WI and PA. total s/

        • This really is a problem and won’t be fixed by gerrymandering. I wish some enterprising liberal would move some hi tech businesses to underdeveloped town along major routes in places like Ohio and Pennsylvania. In many of them you could rent space for next to nothing and people starting out could buy a house for a fraction of big city rent. Then there would be a market for services (restaurants, etc.) that hipsters could open, again with low rent (both living and commercial space because these towns are half-empty at the moment.

          We complain about gerrymandering, but at the state level we have gerrymandered ourselves. It wouldn’t take that much to create a few thousand jobs in swing states that would attract young, liberal people. (They’d need decent access to major cities without being in them.) Besides who can afford to move to NYC or SF right out of college any more unless the ‘rents are footing the bill?

          • northern_neighbour

            Now there you go again Houndtenor … resorting to basic common sense logic! What the hell is wrong with you anyway??

            Trickledown is the only way to go!!! /s

      • fuow

        Yeah, be as cute about it as you like. Just, take look at voter registrations and our turnout 2016.

    • JCF

      NO FATALISM! This year, we ARE voting. Work for it, GIVE for it!

      Make It Happen!

  • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

    I feel bad for him. He’s handsome, with a nice smile, but he’s going to lose the primary to the Republican candidate who’s having a cyanide raffle. Donate to my campaign! You can earn multiple entries and no purchase is necessary to win! Enter today!

  • William

    Clueless twatwaddle.

    • Chucktech

      This is Kansas. He may just be clueless like a fox.

  • boobert

    What an idiot! Does he know that this killer also participated in those nra training programs?

  • We’re treating the Florida tragedy like it’s some magic spell that will automatically weaken our Republican opponents just because we’re saying it. This is politics, not Harry Potter. That doesn’t work.

    He’s running right at the Florida thing instead of away from it. As disgusting as that is on a moral level, its also exactly how you repel the kind of attack we’re using right now.

    Machiavellian as it sounds, I want you to learn from this and do the same thing when they attack us. When Trump attacks, saying we’re soft on immigrants, the thing to do is not to compromise and defensively retreat. We advance, we attack- we say, “You’re damn right we love immigrants, and we won’t stop fighting or them. Fuck you, read the Statue of Liberty sometime” and then we filibuster every goddamn bill until we get a clean Dream Act.

    Learn from your enemies.

    • April

      Yes, I’m tired of Dems being wimps!! Giving in to Republicans does not work!

      • Todd20036

        Actually, democrats are bringing in the NRA as a source of Russian money.

        • cleos_mom

          Oh, but that wouldn’t be nice!

    • ErikDC

      Who becomes a new American citizen is of little consequence to me personally, but I could get slain in a mass shooting tomorrow or any other day of the week. Gun control is urgent for me in a way that immigration reform simply is not. I want it to be a higher priority for the Democratic Party.

      • Dramphooey

        I’m really disturbed by these stories of people being thrown out of this country that were brought here as children. They don’t know another country. What if you discovered you weren’t born here after all and you came from wherever and they grab you and ship you back to some damned country you don’t even know?

        I think we can do two things at once. Frankly, having them on the defensive on two issues is better.

      • Theres no reason why they can’t both be priorities. Listen, we have to work together. Nobody gets to be top dog, we’re all top dog. We can have both- gun control and immigration reform.

        We need solidarity. We need to work together.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • BobSF_94117

      Can Twitter not identify bots when they send out a tweet?

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        And fuck their cash cow? Are you insane? Here, have an AR-15 with a bump stock!

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Shirley there are things that should flag inbound tweets for a look-see: Frequency between posts; usage patterns over time; high intersection among followers with similar patterns, etc.

        Problem #1: No one’s paying for those kinds of deep digs.

        • 🐾vorpal🐾

          20 memes posted in a row on Trump’s twitter is a good sign, too.

      • 🐾vorpal🐾

        There are a few websites (e.g. ) that can identify troll bots with a high degree of accuracy.

    • Chucktech

      And deplorables and stoopids will emote with “umerikuh, fuck yeah!”

    • Cuberly Deux

      Have you looked at Breitbart? The indictment article is awash with short messages in long long threads claiming Donnie was right, no collusion. Sure looks like bots to me.

      They’re all reacting from just the headline and I can’t see a single post reacting to the content of the findings.

      This is the article they’re piling on: “Mueller Indictment: No Mention of ‘Collusion,’ Russians Posed as Americans to ‘Unwitting’ Trump Staffers”

  • Captain Jack

    I’m starting to wish some horrible thing on these people

  • Richard B

    After what just happened in Florida, this republican thing from Kansas can be summed up with just one word “DISPICABLE”. Lets hope Kansans come to the same conclusion.

  • Mikey

    So what exactly do these “avid sportsmen” like to BBQ on their hunting week-ends? Tanks? Army bunkers? Bullet-proof vets?

    Who the hell needs an assault rifle to go hunting?

    My 70 yr old mother-in-law goes hunting in the woods every fall, and she does it with a single-shot rifle, she waits days in her camouflage blind, and plays fair, never shooting from inside the blind.

    Honestly, I think these guys with their assault rifles must have the smallest dicks on the planet.

    • MBear

      “Who the hell needs an assault rifle to go hunting?”

      People who arent very good at hunting…?

      • gaycuckhubby

        It can’t be legal to hunt with AR-15s, right?

        • Bad Tom

          Riddling your deer with lead isn’t actually good for eating the deer.

          • ColdCountry

            But if all you want to do is hand a head on your wall, you’re good.

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            It does lean toward over-tenderizing I imagine.

        • David Walker

          It depends what you’re hunting. You may use your trusty AR-15 to polish off squirrels and “varmints,” but using it on deer and bear still has cleared the legislative hurdle. The thing that the PA legislature hears that the NRA doesn’t is that hunters don’t want ARs for hunting because of safety issues. So you can blow a squirrel or fox or rabbit to smithereens.

        • Just Noh

          i’m sure it varies. in texas, wild pigs (javalinas) can be killed at any time….i think even from a vehicle (don’t quote me). in the same way, a semi’s prob ok. you could probably blow them up with a grenade, if you wanted.

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            Texass you say? Thermonuclear out?

          • Robincho

            That’s thermonucular to you, bub…

  • gaycuckhubby

    Horrible person. Mocking the dead and rubbing the survivors face in their tradgedy

  • gaycuckhubby

    “Avid hunter”
    He’s not legally allowed to hunt with AR-15.
    Lying piece of shit

  • Canadian Observer

    Does one have to be a resident of Kansas and a Christian to enter the raffle? Asking for a friend, of course.

  • Uncle Mark

    Shouldn’t contestants pass a gun-check, first…or has Kansas watered-down their’s as well?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Hope the winner shows up in a burqa. Or just black skin.

  • Leo
  • Mike

    Effyoo Florida. Effyou schoolkids. Effyoo decent normal people.

  • James

    Anywhere else this would be utterly unthinkable. This is what America’s become.

  • 2amor

    What a horrible human being….. Piece of shit.

  • MBear

    Shithole state…?

  • Uncle Mark

    If a murderous Nazi wins the weapon, will he take responsibility for any fatalities caused by the winner?

    • jeffg166

      No, but he will offer thoughts and prayers.

      • northern_neighbour

        Oh Thank Gawd! … that is such a relief to know … !!

        … that at least some good will come out of any tragedy that may
        totally unpredictably happen somewhere in Kansas.
        But anyhow most people just buy those to hunt gophers, so at least someone
        who cannot afford the gun may be the lucky beneficiary of this dedicated
        would- be public servant’s generosity! /s

        And I did mean ‘gophers’, not to capitalize the first 3 letters
        or to hyphenate after 3 letters to form a two syllable word with a silent “h”.

    • Ninja0980


  • Leo
  • Ben in Oakland

    Gay face.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      We need to stop speculating that every troubled mental case is a deep-down homo.

      Until that day comes, however, my contribution: “Homocon face.”

      • Ben in Oakland

        You may be right. All I can say is, as I look at him, but something isn’t right with that boy.

  • DN

    He can eat shit.

  • BartmanLA

    You honestly think this will stop ANY GOP candidate or sitting Congressperson from continuing to take that NRA blood money? Of course not, as long as they have Millions to drop in to their campaign coffers they’ll keep raking in that money and doing what the NRA wants. Until they overturn Citizen United and enact meaningful and lasting gun control banning Assault style weapons from being available to the public (they’re specifically designed as weapons of WAR), no push back or protesting will make a difference to these blood suckers.

  • OdieDenCO

    “more laws couldn’t have prevented this…” bullshit. how about single shot, 6 rounds max weapons available to the public. ownership of any heavier weapons require enlisting in your state militia.

    • Chucktech

      Ah, but see, that’s not a law, that’s a…….. rule…you see…

  • Manny Espinola

    Onward to the fog America!

  • Bambino
  • greenmanTN

    An avid “sportsman”? Tell me, what “sport” is an AR15 good for? Other than hunting humans, that is.

    • David Walker

      Gaychuckhubby asked if it were legal and the answer is that it’s great sport to an avid sportsman to blast a squirrel to kingdom come via an AR-15. At this point, AR-15s are limited to “varmint hunting.” I suppose that could be your neighbor, but, actually, PA’s Hunting & Fishing Commission polled licensed hunters last year and a majority said they did support legalizing the ARs for hunting. It doesn’t surprise me all that much because safety was the primary concern. Who knows better than hunters the adrenaline rush when you see a deer…and how suddenly you are less aware of your surroundings and what may or may not be behind the deer. I think but am not sure that PA is the remaining hold-out for legalizing said murder weapon, but at the this point Bambi is safe from the AR; the squirrels and other “varmints,” nope.

  • jimbo65

    Wonder how this asswipe would spin it if his AR-15 were responsible for the next massacre.

    • Chucktech

      “This isn’t the time to talk about my AR-15 giveaway.”

  • JWC

    Are they just stupid or insensitive or fucking well both

  • gaycuckhubby
    • Nowhereman

      I think it is, and it is no secret that they were trying to get him elected. I noticed while I was standing in line at the grocery store that the Enquirer had switched from covers of Bat Boy and aliens to all anti Hillary all the time.

      • Robincho

        Bat Boy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Weekly World News…

        • Nowhereman

          OOPS–it must be the Alien Autopsy pictures that got stuck in my mind!…

    • gregnsf

      Off topic

  • j.martindale

    Killing people is not sport. Target shooting with single shot rifles is sport, you asshole!

  • Henry Auvil

    Yay!! ‘Cause nothing celebrates American values more than celebrating the gun that just murdered 17 teenagers and wounded 14 more.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      3 (IIRC) of the dead were adults – a football coach, a guy in a yellow shirt, and a youngish teacher who had just locked his charges away in a classroom.

      No one mourns the murder of the young like their parents can, but it’s probably gotta be the teachers who have lived a bit, and have the thought in those final split seconds as trained soldiers do: “It was my turn.”.

      Barbaric shithole. You’re soaking in it

  • edrex

    why does he hate his district’s children?

    • Todd20036

      He’s pro-post birth abortion!

    • Dramphooey

      He has an aging-poorly face. They always hate young people who have the youth they want back.

    • David Walker

      They keep diggin’ up the wife’s flower garden. Damned kids. This’ll show ’em.

  • Friday’s_cat

    A quick search didn’t turn up anything about Tannahall’s service or where he deployed while active.

  • Tor

    What kind of sport utilizes an AR-15?

    • Lazycrockett

      Child Killing.

    • jimbo65

      Unless target practice is a sport. It’s laughable that there’s still people claiming it is used to hunt. Yeah, right. Unless you like instant hamburger.

    • Tomcat

      Man hunting.

      • Lumpy Gaga


      • northern_neighbour

        Drop them thar drawers, dude,
        before I blow them away!

      • Robincho

        I’ve been man hunting all of my adult life and then some, but my only weapons are a winning smile and an asscrack that can pulverize walnuts…

    • TrollopeReader

      Swiss Cheeze??

  • The KGB Ate Our Votes

    This is my rifle
    This is my gun
    This one’s a giveaway
    Now everybody run

  • Tomcat

    However if the weapon is used to kill people he will not do anything.

  • FAEN

    God I really HATE these fuckers.

    As an aside I was walking past a hostel today and 5 high school punks on a visit to the city were taking pics in their MAGA sweatshirts holding up the flag. Fucking Nazi’s. Wait till they get on the metro… will NOT be pleasant.

  • Tomcat

    And the loser gets two AR15s.

  • Jerry Roland

    I wonder how much of a bribe, the NRA gave him? They’ve paid NC skank senators millions of dollars in bribes, I mean contributions…

    • northern_neighbour

      Only cuz NRA salutes and supports TRUE PATRIOTS! (and not scumbag Dems.)

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      I sincerely doubt they have to go into the millions. $10K max.

  • j.martindale

    Don’t you just want to shove the barrel of an AR-15 up his ass and pull the trigger? Just joshing, of course.

  • ChrisInKansas

    Kansas. Goddammit.

  • jeffg166

    What a moron.

  • Jerry Roland

    Whatever happened to metal detectors at schools? Are those only in large cities? Or would that not catch an AR-15?

    • Lazycrockett

      with 3d printers, metal detectors will soon be obsolete.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Stogiebear
  • Lazycrockett
    • Lumpy Gaga

      “I’ll be here the rest of your life. Try the blinis.”

  • Ninja0980

    Another “marine” who is a disgrace to the uniform members of my family have worn.

  • Lazycrockett

    Oh pray maybe Joy Reid is subbing for Hayes or O Donnell.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      I love Joy, but 4 hours every weekend satisfies me.

  • dluch

    oh goodie goodie – if I win, can I bring it into a Congressional session?

  • Nic Peterson

    Dude totally has a Grindr account.

  • Snarkaholic


  • FelineMama

    WOW! Takes the Marines’ motto to a whole different level. INTEGRITY?? Seriously??

  • #DJTK5F

    Don’t shoot back. Shoot first.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Sorry to go there but does he not have the creepiest stalker, domestic violent edge in his face or is it just me?

  • bkmn

    Gun culture is so ingrained into them that they can’t see how tone deaf this is.

  • edrex

    if you can, please support this jerk’s opponent:

    full disclosure: my husband and i know paul and his family. he’s a genuinely good guy (and his wife has an awesome, razor sharp wit) and he really can flip this district. he will be a voice of reason for kansas. he really should win. it’s doable.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Thanks for stating that you know Paul Davis.

      Please let him know that his website sucks. Two problems:

      1. Where’s his bio? I want to read a few paras about who he is, what he’s done, what made him the man he is today, why he is running, etc. I can’t see it on the website now, and referring me to Facebook etc. is not going to inspire me to contribute.

      2. .pdf contribution form. Some people would rather send a check in the mail. A printable contribution form, which they can fill out with all of their information and answers to the mandatory campaign finance questions, makes it easy for people to contribute without trusting computers with their credit card information.

      Thank you.

      • edrex

        i have no problem passing that along.

        • LesbianTippingHabits


          The issue with the website of Conor Lamb, running in Pennsylvania’s PA-18, in the SW corner of the state, was that the date of the March 13 Special Election was hidden.

          That has been fixed. Thank you again.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    You can’t make this stuff up. Of course, the real question is, how does he tip?

  • Makoto

    “As an avid sportsman”, he says. In what sport is an AR-15 useful? Skeet shooting? Deer hunting? Please, Tyler, be specific. Because it sure seems like it was designed for exactly one sport, mass human killing.

  • BearEyes

    Zero integrity
    Zero leadership
    and how much of a coward are you to hunt with an assault weapon?

  • Deplorable. That’s the right word for it. He’s like a parody of what the far left thinks conservatives are like. Only it’s not an exaggeration.

  • Silver Badger

    Sounds like he is already bought and paid for by the NRA. A true republican.

  • JIM W

    When was the last time any SPORTSMAN or SPORTSWOMAN used an AR-15 to hunt anything. The only purpose/use of an AR-15 is to kill human beings.

  • ColdCountry

    Exactly what kind of “sportsman” uses and AR15?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Those who shoot brown and black people, mostly.

      I wish I were kidding, but you know it’s true.

      • ColdCountry

        Here’s something I don’t know, but aren’t most of the school shootings in predominately white areas?

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          In suburban areas and smaller towns, most definitely; there are rare exceptions in larger cities…note the word rare.

    • Gianni

      I asked myself the same question.

    • DumbHairyApe

      They will tell you it’s just “recreational” shooting they use them for.

      You know, like at schools.

    • No one I know, and I know a lot of folks that hunt.

  • 🐾vorpal🐾

    Discussing sensible gun control? Too soon!!!!
    Giving away a weapon of mass murder? MAGA! MAGA! MAGA!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    No, I will not be pulling my punches where these assholes are concerned.

  • cleos_mom

    Does this guy have a son or daughter he’s anxious to get rid of?

  • fuzzybits

    Is he gonna spring for the coffins next time there’s a mass shooting?

  • narutomania

    In a sane country filled with an educated, well-informed populace that remained involved in public issues and were truly committed to the betterment of their fellow citizens, we would not give a second thought to this obvious despicable cretin and his very obvious push to garner votes from the toothless and mindless hordes that gather at the Altar of the Gun.

    But we don’t live in such a place. We live here. In a country whose appetites for cherry-picked christianism, junk foods, guns, and weird fetish porn all try to outdo each other on the national stage.

    I might add: it’s the same demographic beset with these four appetites.

  • PlutoAnimus

    Remember the scene in The Terminator when he buys a gun, then promptly loads it and shoots the gun store owner?

    For some reason, I’m thinking of that scene right now….

  • Gianni

    Just be sure to highlight what a fine Republican you are by making sure you give the gun to a high school kid. As long as you’re trying to make a point, make it right.

  • TampaDink

    Empathy devoid piece of shit.

  • Gianni

    Questionable intelligence at work. Dear Leader will support him.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    On The View today, Meghan McCain claimed people in “gun country” need assault rifles for hunting. I can’t imagine using one to hunt, or that anyone would “need” one to hunt.

    • She is suckling on the teet of the NRA, that’s been their excuse for legalizing assault rifles for decades. There is no animal that requires an assault rifle to make a clean kill. I come from gun country, I lived in a tiny Alaskan village where everyone hunted. And not a single person had one.

      • Ditto. My mother’s people used shotguns when they went hunting. Still do, those that still go hunting.

      • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

        She has been quoted as saying she opposed assault rifles, citing the Gabby Giffords shooting as what changed her mind. But she has flip-flopped and is doing as you say, reciting stock NRA talking points. I suspect she is laying the groundwork for running for office herself.

        • McSwagg

          To paraphrase Ned Stark in GoT:
          “There must always be a McCain in Washington …”

          [life is a parody lately.]

  • misterjack


  • Dunkerblinker

    What a fucking douche!!! The real problem with this country is that there are too many small-diced small-brained idiots who think this is a good thing. I do not think these creatures are the same species as the rest of us.

  • JCF
  • Nowhereman

    Wow. Great timing. And the sick thing is that right wing gunnuts will flock to it.

  • LeeCMH

    He says he’s an avid sportsman?

    Exactly what sport do people use an AR-15 for? A search comes-up with nothing but gun sellers calling this thing a sport gun.

  • Mark_in_MN

    That shoes so much integrity, leadership, and courage, that does. *eyeroll*

    • i love your autocorrect typo; i would just love to “shoe” him my verion of I, L, & C, via my Italian pointy toed leather boots. in a very deep, dark place.

  • Ann Kah

    “I don’t think more laws could have prevented this, and goodness knows I’m not going to propose any.”

  • leastyebejudged

    You can blame him, but how much clearer does it have to be that the problem isn’t the politicians, it’s the US culture of violence and corruption that’s at issue.

    He’ll get elected because people love their guns, guns are everywhere, there are more gun stores than starbucks. Any attempts to regulate this mess without addressing the serious cultural issues is doomed to fail.

    • Regulation is where you start addressing the cultural issues.

  • red-diaper-baby 1942

    “Sportsman”? I thought that meant people who run marathons or engage in some other physically challenging sport. More or less like an “athlete”, but more for a hobby. His event is probably the biathlon.

    • McSwagg

      The biathlon doesn’t use the AR15. Accuracy is paramount in that sport.

      Interesting side note: the idea behind the biathlon (cc ski and shoot) was developed in Finland as a defensive tactic against the Soviet invasion of that country in WWII.

  • thatotherjean

    Mumph. Mr. Tannahill needs to add “Tone Deaf” and “Stupid” to his campaign poster.

  • “Sportsman” and “AR-15” don’t exist in the same universe.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    You too could win a Kidd Killing machine !

    What a dumb fuck

  • righteous mob

    Reposting his opponent’s website:

  • mizzourah

    They need penis enlargements. That alone will curb their need for a big gun.

  • BigGuy

    Republican candidates for Congress have used AR-15’s as gift premiums to contributors of $2000 or more to their campaigns. The goal is to anger liberals in their districts as much as possible.

    Republican nonsense like that is what made Jason Kander’s commercial so effective: