Saturday, September 3, 2011

GOP Raffles Glock In AZ County Associated With Massacre

The Republican Party in Pima County, Arizona, is holding a raffle whose prize is a Glock. Last January in Tucson, located in Pima, Jared Lee Loughner used a Glock in a massacre that injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ):

The Republican Party in Arizona's Pima County, which is represented by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), is in the midst of a fundraising raffle, $10 per entry.

The prize: the same model of gun that delivered a near-fatal blast to the Democratic lawmaker's skull outside a Tucson grocery store in January.

...The local party sent out its e-newsletter late last week advertising the raffle. On the third page of the seven-page document, a large illustration of the gun appears with the headline "Help Pima GOP get out the vote and maybe help yourself to a new Glock .40."

The winner of the gun will also receive a case, three 12-round magazines and grips for the firearm.

"Tickets will go quickly for this firearm!" the blurb in the newsletter warns.

The $1,250 raised from the raffle tickets will go toward get out the vote efforts for the party.

The gun is a Glock 23, an updated model of the Glock 19 Jared Loughner used during his January 8, 2011 shooting spree that killed six and injured 13 others, including Giffords.

Facing a wave of criticism, what did the Pima County Republicans do? They added a second gun.


Jon R., editor of the Oracle said...

While it is not my intent to wish ill on anyone, did it ever occur to these Pima County Republicans that with all the loonies roaming around that the winner of this raffle could turn the prize on them?

Probably not, but poetic justice would be served.

Jeff Tone said...

Jon: Well, neither one of us would want this "poetic justice." But it is true that the Republicans here–and elsewhere–are divorced from the implications of their actions.