Kentuckians: Get a Free Steak Dinner and a Chance to Win a Handgun

All you have to do is go to one of these fairly controversial (!!!) prayer meetings / church revivals to claim your prize:

In an effort its spokesman has described as “outreach to rednecks,” the Kentucky Baptist Convention is leading “Second Amendment Celebrations,” where churches around the state give away guns as door prizes to lure in the unchurched in hopes of converting them to Christ.

As many as 1,000 people are expected at the next one, on Thursday at Lone Oak Baptist Church in Paducah, where they will be given a free steak dinner and the chance to win one of 25 handguns, long guns and shotguns.

I mean, the thing that got me to hang out at church in high school was basically the promise of playing Capture the Flag with cute guys and free ice cream, so I do understand the “affinity evangelism” angle. Though this is a little TERRIFYING :

Wearing a camouflage shirt and frayed cap, McAlister ambled onto the stage, where he was surrounded by stuffed game and firearms.

“How many of y’all own guns?” he asked in his South Carolina accent. “Lemme see a show of hands.”

“That is awesome,” he said, as the hands went up. “We’ve got an army right here!”

Also worth noting is that while the lucky gun winners do get to pause for a photo op with their potentially murderous prizes, before they get the weapon they still have to pass a federal background check at the local gun shop.

Photo: kevin dooley