View Full Version : U.S. Issues The Anti-Gun nuts just don't get it

09-01-2011, 07:56 PM
Pima County GOP raffles off Glock in Gabrielle Giffords' district (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20100611-503544.html)

GOP assailed for gun raffle in Giffords' Ariz. district (http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2011-09-01/GOP-assailed-for-gun-raffle-in-Giffords-Ariz-district/50230780/1)

Republican gun raffle in Giffords' county draws criticism (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/01/us-giffords-gun-idUSTRE7806F520110901)

The Pima County GOP is raffling off a Glock 23 for $10 a ticket to raise funds for their little county-wide GOTV effort. (sweet! I'd buy a ticket) It wasn't widely advertised, it was buried in an ad in some obscure little county GOP newsletter. A small corner of Pima County is just barely in Gifford's district.

After learning of this, the gun-ignorant media immediately got the vapors, and after climbing out of their fainting chair, they wrote angry articles about it.

This should not have been a story, and the fact that it is, is a sad indictment of how frightened some people are about those evil little death machines that they think no one should have. Some things you should know:

1) The fact that it was a Glock should not raise any eyebrows, as it is one of the most popular brands in the world. There is nothing wrong with the Glock brand.

2) Glock is by far the weapon of choice for police officers, and the Glock 23 that is being raffled is the standard sidearm for the FBI. So, we're not talking about some kind of strange and evil "assault weapon" (which itself is a stupid concept, for a different thread)

3) Arizona has by far one of the most pro-gun cultures in the Western world. There is a level of open gun ownership and carrying there that would seem strange in even the midwest, let alone the blue coasts. So, it is not fair to judge Arizona by coastal gun sensibilities.

I could go on, but to say "but this is insensitive, they shouldn't have done it", is deeply offensive to me. Blame the shooter, there is nothing wrong with gun ownership, and we should not look down on a gun raffle any more than we would some huge GM truck raffle a few months after a maniac ran over some government official in a GM truck. Its not some underhanded message, its just a freaking gun.