Saturday, September 3, 2011
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.