"It was a bullet that stopped the terrorist," Holt said in a Facebook post following the attack.
Holt believes that the answer to the nation’s mass shooting problem is to arm everyone, and it appears that he will be giving away both weapons to winners who will not be required to have a background check to receive their deadly prize.
"I want you to arm yourselves and learn to shoot with deadly accuracy should the need arise," he told the Tennessean.
Holt then explained that the AR-15, a weapon capable of being illegally modified so that it can shoot in fully automatic mode, has a bad reputation because it looks scary.
"It's black and it looks real scary," he declared, adding, "if I beat somebody to death with a hammer, that's just a hammer. But if I was to take and wrap it up in electrical tape and make it black, I guess that would make it an assault hammer."
Holt stated that he will not be deterred, and that his event will go on as planned.
“I'm furious that I get phone calls from the media asking me if I'm still going to give away an AR-15 at our HogFest, rather than asking me how many extra firearms I'll be handing out to ensure people can protect themselves,” he posted on Facebook.
It was not announced whether the lawmaker would prove his point by staging his turkey shoot using the battlefield-combat weapons.