Rep. Ted Yoho said the date for his upcoming gun safety event for kids was not purposely chosen to coincide with the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting, which left 20 young children and six adults dead.
"My thoughts and prayers go to the victims and families," the Florida Republican Congressman added, in a statement posted Monday to his Facebook page.
"Gun safety education and responsible gun ownership are important topics that should be taught throughout the year," Yoho continued. "And this event is an opportunity to help my constituents learn about these incredibly important practices."
The first-term Congressman will host the event, titled "Family Firearm Safety Event," in his district on Saturday.
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