Politician Who Made Video Implying He Shot Two People Says He Never Even Heard About Orlando
Australian politician Bob Katter has a new ad, showing him blowing the smoke off a gun while two men lay motionless behind him.
Independent MP Bob Katter has sparked controversy for a new campaign video, in which the 71-year-old appears to shoot and kill two men wearing shirts labeled "ALP" and "LNP".
"ALP" and "LNP" represent the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal National Party, Australia's two largest political parties.
The video has received plenty of backlash online, with many accusing Katter of insensitivity for his use of gun violence to make a political point so soon after Monday's mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.
Speaking on ABC Far North radio, Katter said the advertisement is "an anti-selling off Australia advertisement", not a gun rights ad.
"It was filmed weeks ago, and I think most people will enjoy the humour of it."
"We tried to use humour getting a message about selling off our country across. This ridiculous political correctness business … It's just to get our message across that there are some of us out there that are shocked and horrified and tenaciously opposed to the selling of our country."