Facebook has removed a contest by a Florida candidate for Congress to give away an AR-15 rifle.
Greg Evers, a Republican currently serving in the Senate, said Monday he is giving the weapon away because terrorist incidents are on the rise, NBC News reports. The assault rifle would be given away to a contestant that liked and shared his candidate Facebook page.
But Facebook removed the post, saying it violated its terms, according to Evers, who shared the response from the social media tech giant to complaints about the post.
“We removed the share you reported for promoting graphic violence,” the response reads.
“CONTEST UPDATE! We’re still up and running on Facebook, but late last night, Facebook removed one of two posts related to the ‘Homeland Defender’ giveaway after a California-based liberal activist reported the post for ‘promoting graphic violence’ (see image below),” Evers wrote. “Facebook couldn’t be more wrong about the nature of the post. But, the good news is that we anticipated this and all contest entries from liking and sharing that post have been saved.”
The contest was posted about a week after a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 at an Orlando gay bar — the largest mass shooting in recent American history.
Some people responded to the contest with anger, while others supported it.
“What a horrible, insensitive and tasteless human being you are, Greg Evers,” one woman wrote. “You could get media attention for so many other things- you could actually try and help someone. Instead, you isolate so many and try to drive this country apart. Shame on you. I will be donating to your opponents this election, and I’m not in your district.”
“Save your prayers, hypocrite,” one man responded angrily. “YOU are enabling terrorists, both foreign and domestic, by your support of the sale of assault-type weapons to civilians. Imagine how you’d feel if you had a child or family member killed by one of these unnecessary weapons. You, not immigrants, are what’s wrong with America!”