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Monday, September 05, 2011

AZ GOP To Gun Ban Crowd: Bite Me

This is rich:
Media controversy backfires
By Don Surber, Charleston Daily Mail

The Pima County Republican Party of Tucson, Arizona, should thank the local news media for making their gun raffle a success — by misidentifying what the gun was and just what the event was. The controversy was stirred by a media that does not know the difference between a Glock 19 and a Glock 23 or for that matter, an auction from a raffle. The news media made it seem as though Republicans were selling the very gun Jared Loughner used to shoot Gabrielle Giffords in a rampage in which he killed six people and wounded 13 others.

Fpor some strange reason, TMZ headlined its story: “Tucson Republican Leader Slams County GOP For Giffords Gun Raffle.”

This led people to hysteria among the media. From Politico: “Pima County Repubs Raffle Glock As Fundraiser; Same Gun Type Used In Tucson Shooting.”

From the New York Daily News: “GOPers in Gabrielle Gifford [sic] district to auction gun similar to one used in Congresswoman’s shooting.”

National progressive pundit Keith Olbermann dubbed the raffle ‘a crass, heartless, Neanderthal decision’ and questioned whether local Republican leaders had ceased to be human.”

So how did all this go? The raffle was on Saturday and Rhonda Bodfield of the Arizona Daily Star reported: “The Pima County Republican Party’s controversial gun raffle fundraiser was such a success that they ended up raffling off another weapon. The notoriety fueled such demand, said interim Chairman Mike Shaw, not only did the raffle for the Glock pistol sell out, but they subsequently raffled a deer rifle as well. [link]
Let it be noted that, on that last point, the deer rifle that was auctioned off was similar to the one that shot all those students in Texas in 1966 (in that it too was long, scary, and went bang).  How could the Pima County GOP be so heartless?

Too funny.  Thanks, Don.

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Quote of the day, from Sebastian at Snowflakes in Hell:

"I want to thank the Bradys, USA Today, CSGV, and all the other groups who crapped their pants over the Pima County GOP raffle."

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* Special note to those aghast by the thought that anyone in Tucson would ever sell give away a gun again, what with the Giffords tragedy being so close to our consciousness, what do you have to say about left-leaning magazines that intend to make a profit by exploiting children who had a parent killed on 9/11?

But ... but ... but ...