Following the recent shooting of a Democratic U.S. representative from Arizona, and with national media drawing connotations between that tragedy and conservative Republicans and Tea Partiers, Palmetto State Armory started a new promotional campaign honoring a Republican who is well known for public tirades issued against Democrats.
The rifle, an assault model class, is engraved with Wilson's now infamous "you lie" interjection, shouted during Pres. Obama's 2009 congressional address on health care.
“Only 999 of these will be produced, get yours before they are gone!” read the promotional text.
Wilson is U.S. representative for South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District, which stretches south from Columbia to Hilton Head Island.
In an emailed response to Free Times on January 11, PSA president Jamin McCallum stated, “The only reaction I have to the Arizona shooting is sorrow for the victims and their families and a disbelief that a human being could carry out an act like this.
“Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. The loss of life is a tragic event and we should do our best to support those who are grieving.”
The page describing this promotion is no longer available on PSA's website.
(A link to the company's radio ad read by Glen Beck is still available on the home page, though.)