Is it a political tin ear, or a purposeful slight? Either way, most people can agree that the Pima County GOP’s plan to hold a fundraiser where they raffle off a Glock handgun similar to the type that was used in the assassination attempt on Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords in January is just in bad taste.
“There’s a woman who has a bullet in the brain and who everybody is wishing a full recovery,” Brian Miller, the immediate past chair of the Pima County GOP told TPM. “I don’t think that raffling off a firearm right now is probably the right way to go.”
Chad Campbell, the leading Democrat in the state assembly, agrees.
“I am gun owner myself, a supporter of the Second Amendment and I also believe in common sense,” Mr. Campbell said. “Their raffle is not common sense; it is sick, and the Pima County G.O.P. should call off the raffle in respect for the Arizonans who died and were injured in the Tucson shooting.”
The Pima GOP interim chair, Mike Shaw, explains that the gun was actually purchased prior to the shooting and raffled off once already, but that winner never claimed the prize, so they’re just raffling it again for some extra fundraising. And, in a very “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” moment, Shaw stated that it was Jared Loughler, the would be assassin, who was to blame for the shooting, not the Glock itself.
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