Republican Florida Congressman Ted Yoho has invited families in his district to attend a firearms safety course on the one year anniversary of the day that 20-year-old Adam Lanza stole his mother's assault rifle and massacred 20 elementary school children in Newtown, Connecticut.


In a posting on Facebook, Yoho encouraged parents to bring "kids for an educational event on gun safety, purchasing firearms, legal requirements and safety standards while encouraging responsible firearm ownership."

Yoho's spokesperson Omar Raschid told The Gainesville Sun that the congressman had not intended for the class to fall on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings.

"The Congressman's prayers will certainly be with the victims and families of such an unspeakable tragedy," Raschid said in a statement. "This event focuses on responsible firearm ownership and safety. Safety education is an integral part of responsible firearm ownership, and that is what the goal of this event is."

(h/t: Talking Points Memo)