GOP raffling AR-15 “Sandy Hook”-type rifles as macabre pro-gun stunt

Nothing says “I’m responsible enough to own a gun” than Republicans who mock the deaths of 20 first and second graders by raffling off AR-15s, the very gun used at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

But that’s what Republicans and pro-gun groups, including GOP members of Congress, are doing nationwide in a macabre show of force for their right to be bear arms that mass-murder children.

Republican member of Congress Steve Stockman of Texas got some attention this week for offering a free AR-15 Bushmaster assault rifle as a raffle prize on his campaign email list. In the same email, he calls President Obama a “socialist.” Which in Republican circles means the same thing as “communist,” which also means the same thing to Americans as “Soviet.” In other words, Stockman is actually suggesting that President Obama is a dictator puts his opponents to death. Keep that in mind when you hear Republicans use the term “socialist.” It’s far crazier, and dangerous, a usage than you might even realize.

Here’s Stockman’s email to supporters yesterday.  But keeping reading after the email, because, sadly, Stockman isn’t the only Republican poking the Sandy Hook dead in the eye:




But it’s not just Stockman.

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Gun ban via Shutterstock

Earlier this year in February, Ohio Republican Joe “So Six Minutes Ago” the Plumber raffled off an AR-15 to protest discussion of a possible assault weapons ban.

In Maryland, Republican delegate, Don Dwyer, is raffling off an AR-15 and an AK-47 on his campaign Web site.  The site includes a comment from someone quoting Sandy Hook trutherism, namely that Adam Lanza didn’t use an AR-15 because the authorities found it locked in his trunk after the attack.  As Snopes shows, that’s a lie.  They found a shotgun in his trunk, he used the AR-15 to murder the kids.

The Greater Bluffton Republican Club in South Carolina is raffling off an AR-15 too. Of course, local Democrats and police are fine with the raffle.

The Tennessee Firearms Association launched its own raffle only a week before the US Senate took up background check legislation.  The executive director of the association was not pleased by the controversy his raffle has caused:

“These gun control activists, they can always pick the most recent event,” he said. “If you look back through history, there’s a long string of Newtown, Aurora, keep the list going. Under their analysis, you’d never sell a gun because someone got shot in recent history.”

The firearms association head was blissfully unaware of the irony of his statement.

Not all the raffles are political, some are just incredibly inappropriate.

A local little league in Illinois is raffling off an AR-15 to raise money because, as the local Little League commissioner explained, “guns are super hot right now.”  And I love his additional quote: “We’re not afraid to make a political statement, but that’s not what this is designed for.” Why in God’s name would a little league team be making any political statements about anything, ever?

And a girls’ softball league in Oregon also raffled off the AR-15.

Yes, mass murder has a way of doing that.

And even a sheriff’s association in Pennsylvania thought it a good idea to put more guns, especially the ones used at Newtown, in the hands of the public.


CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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60 Responses to “GOP raffling AR-15 “Sandy Hook”-type rifles as macabre pro-gun stunt”

  1. Dan says:

    This post is a complete and absolute lie. LOL “sandy hook” AR15s. No person in their right mind would name an ar15 after sandy hook. First of all the Sandy Hook shooter didn’t use an ar15 you moron and guess what, I own an AR15 and I’m proud of it. I love my Ar15. You can cry about it like a bitch all you want but that wont make me get rid of my rifle. In fact, I plan to go shoot my AR15 tomorrow, you gonna cry about it you Liberal pussy bitch hahahaha! Go fuck yourself. You are gonna wish you had an AR15 when a burglar breaks into your home and rapes you and your boyfriend. HOMO!

  2. H3adHunt3r says:

    The assault gun ban has been done before,
    and It was repealed after It was proven It didn’t reduce any
    gun crime in our nation.

  3. Will says:

    Fuck you, you pedant. Nobody shoots the President’s children. Men with guns guard them. People like you are responsible for those deaths, not the people with the AR-15s. And I vote Democrat.

  4. Roman Berry says:

    It;s really not the “go-to gun”. The AR-15 is used in far fewer shooting resulting in death than even the Ruger 10/22. And the fact is that “gun violence” (scare quotes because no firearm does violence without a person behind it) is way. way down, as is all violent crime. Perception is skewed with “if it bleeds it leads” cable news and the internet. We think there is more crime than there is. Ponder on that.

  5. Jo says:

    Oh, by the way–hey. Promoting gun use doesn’t make you a better citizen or more patriotic. Asking to secure our “safety” to access weapons capable for use in mass murder doesn’t make you more entitled to liberty.

  6. Jo says:


  7. Jo says:

    The AK-15 was the gun used in the tragic killings at Newtown, Aurora, and Santa Monica College. I’m responding to you because I wanted to inform you. The United States has the highest mortality rate by gun of all developed countries. In countries with stricter gun control laws, they have lower mortality rates in general. Guns DO result in more mortalities. I’m not saying we don’t need a smooth transition into how we implement gun control laws, but we DO have a gun problem. We do.

    I think you are under-informed, and hope you take into consideration that the AR-15 has made possible the mass murder of innocent people at Newtown, Aurora, and Santa Monica College.

  8. Jo says:

    Yep, and the go-to-gun for mass killings with the aide of its high-capacity magazine. I don’t mean to be callous–this was the gun used in the tragic killings at Newtown, Aurora, AND Santa Monica college. The AR-17 is a semi-automatic weapon, which original design was for use in the U.S military. It should be banned.

  9. Aaron says:

    Not punishing criminals for gun crimes is common sense. Making criminals out of law-abiding citizens is moving forward. Lying and abusing your power to go after anyone who opposes your view, well that is for the children.

  10. Mike says:

    And liberty should NEVER have a limit, especially liberties outlined in the Constitution. While I find the right-wing nutjobs just as distasteful as the left-wing nutjobs, I take issue with anyone who agrees with any premises defined solely by those in government. Humans kill, not guns. In fact, mass murders are rare on a per capita basis…they are just sensationalized, like everything else, by the media. So, if you are going to outlaw guns, or even restrict them, then you must start restricting even more the practice of medicine (which kills far more people than guns) as well as further restricting who can drive a car (also a bigger killer) and making knives less accessible to mentally disturbed individuals (knife murders are also more prevalent than gun murders). Let’s basically make America an all plastic utensil, no-driver’s license before 21 or after 55, no pharmaceutical company nation. Let’s make everyone wear helmets for every activity except jerking off. We have become a nation of pussy-whipped bitches who cry for government protection from everything but protection FROM government. Keep it up, and we will soon have no liberties left. Freedom means nothing if it is restricted so much that you practically have to ask permission to ask a question, for fear it may offend someone’s soft, delicate brain.

  11. Mike says:

    This kind of slanted article is promoting the same kind of retardation as the crowd it’s railing against. Keep promoting American stupidity and mock outrage!

  12. Steve says:

    Using this mentality, the article writer should say the raffle is mocking North Vietnamese.

  13. Jon Shell says:

    All of this only makes sense if you blame the gun and not the shooter.

    It’s not easy to listen to, but your words against the Second Amendment are going to get someone killed by citizen disarmament some day if you continue. Is that something you can live with?

  14. Straightnotnarrow says:

    Word. Becca. Word to your pops!

  15. Straightnotnarrow says:

    While I agree with you in principle (i.e. I have a Remington Speedmaster that I use for squirrel hunting that under certain more restrictive legislation proposed will qualify as an assault rifle), I think you miss the greater point. To say the least, this is insensitive to the families and the nation as a whole to use a raffle as counter-point to responsible gun legislation. In fact, Obama and his administration have not called for “grabbing your guns.” They do want to know who is buying them and if indicated denying ownership to certain people who pose an untenable risk. All liberties have limits and those granted by the Second Amendment are no exception.

  16. Straightnotnarrow says:

    As a point of order: The image depicted is the M4 carbine. Nit picky I know, but if you’re going to give one away and promote its ownership you should know the difference.

  17. BeccaM says:

    My favorite hunting rifle is the venerable bolt-action Winchester .270. Scoped, of course.

    As I’ve remarked here before, my dad used to say if I couldn’t down a deer with one or two shots at the most, I was a shitty hunter.

  18. pappyvet says:

    Actually the most popular rifle according to Boone and Crocket from their research is the 300 mag.the venerable .30-06 and .270 remain among the strong favorites.

  19. Roman Berry says:

    And some nations where even fully auto weapons are in most homes have shooting death rates that are miniscule to compared to ours. Maybe the problem is us.

  20. Roman Berry says:

    “arms that mass-murder children”

    John, “arms” don’t mass murder children. People do. The AR-15 is nothing special. It’s just a plain old semi-automatic rifle, no different than any of scores of plain old hunting rifles other than its styling and cosmetics.

  21. Christy319 says:

    You mean the “staged” mass shootings ended once they succeeded in their objective? Imagine that.

  22. Bill Collins says:

    What they offered was the most popular and most versatile rifle in the US. It has been the most popular rifle for years, long before the Sandy Hook massacre. It was not done to spite the dead children. It was done because that is what would draw the most attention. Now, I will agree that any type of a raffle for a politician is not very professional. But attacking their choice of the type of rifle would be like attacking Chevy if that was the model of the car that Lanza used that day.

  23. karmanot says:

    Yes, I agree. Just imagine our friend picking out the raisins.

  24. karmanot says:

    Some of my best friends are anime fans—-including me, but I would never confuse anime for a cartoon like you.

  25. karmanot says:

    Yep…… me once, food me again, food on their faces—-George Bush. I better take a nap now.

  26. BeccaM says:

    I noticed how our friend Monoceros Forth went all ‘Troll Whisperer’ on him. It was fascinating to watch.

  27. karmanot says:

    Oh, I noticed, but some days just seem right for troll butt kicking. :-) One has to stay in shape these days.

  28. Papa Bear says:

    I always knew Obama was a tool…I just didn’t know what he was good for!


  29. karmanot says:

    It’s only right to acknowledge that persecution complex and crucify them, as an act of mercy and fulfillment.

  30. karmanot says:

    “There will always be tools to commit horrendous crimes.” Indeed, starting with Obama and his Cabinet.

  31. BeccaM says:

    Straw-man arguments and ad-hominem attacks are their standard go-to rhetorical strategies, in case you haven’t noticed.

  32. karmanot says:

    Our Bastille will be the Hamptons and Martha’s Vineyard.

  33. karmanot says:

    I bet you snort for truffles. DBP

  34. karmanot says:

    Typical bully coward hides behind the ‘guest’ to troll here, way too often.

  35. karmanot says:

    I suspect you are an expert on morons… in the family?

  36. karmanot says:

    “The people who are upset about this, are mentally defective” Looking in the mirror?

  37. Bill Collins says:

    True, we do have a much higher gun violence rate than most countries. My opinion is that it is much more to do with our violent culture than with the availabilty of weapons, but I certainly could be wrong. The reality is that we have the 2nd amendment and a recent Supreme Court ruling that grants us the right to own handguns for home protection. That is not going away anytime soon. So we will continue to have weapons available and there will continue to be murders with them.

    I am not opposed to background checks for everyone including family transfers, as long as there is not registration. Most gun owners can be reasonable. The issues start when a few restrictive states start discussing broadening the definition of dangerous weapons. The AR15 is statistically much safer than driving a car. There are millions of them in circulation, and there are a few dozen deaths a year. California, where I live, is looking at banning the sale of all semi-automatic weapons. There have been proposals of confiscation, but they did not fly. This is why registration worries us.

  38. pappyvet says:

    Well,the NeoNazis could have held a march anywhere other than a Jewish neighborhood but they didnt.
    The repubes could have offered any other type of rifle…

  39. Interesting you should say that. There are recipes for snuff that actually use cocoa powder. Imagine that! But I can’t imagine taking even ordinary snuff much less anything that’s got a baking ingredient in it.

  40. The trick of using a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar diluted with ordinary milk to make one cup is a moderately useful way to get around having to use actual buttermilk, but the taste isn’t quite the same. But buying buttermilk regularly just to make the occasional batch of biscuits is kind of silly isn’t it.

  41. Guest says:

    I think you have been snorting that cocoa powder.

  42. Did you know that three tablespoons of cocoa powder and a tablespoon of butter makes a reasonable substitute for an ounce of baking chocolate in many recipes? It’s a useful tip. Good for making brownies, I’ve found.

  43. Jhomas Tefferson says:

    I went to your facebook page. All your friends are Anime fans or people in high school. Grow up little boy. Before you get yourself in trouble in the real world.

  44. A_nonymoose says:

    What’s sad is that it’s still going to end the same way it always does, eventually. They think their technology and their weapons will protect them against the rabble. It won’t. It didn’t in Rome, it didn’t in France, it didn’t in Russia, it won’t here.

  45. Jhomas Tefferson says:

    wow. What witty repartee. You are probably a child molester and a terrorist judging from your posts.

  46. Will your mom let you take that long a trip I wonder…

  47. Jhomas Tefferson says:

    You are obvious a complete and total moron.

  48. Oh, god, whining about political correctness, seriously? Someone says something that offends you so you throw a tantrum about being oppressed? Man the fuck up.

  49. Sven79 says:

    So the particular guns are to blame, and not the shooter? OK, but then why is gun violence/deaths down nearly 50 percent since 1993? I could have sworn that there were gun stores open and that gun sales took place since 1993, including the sale of those “evil black rifles” (rifle racism?) If the guns themselves are to blame, then there should be millions of AR-15 deaths since 1993?. As it turns out, ALL rifles only account for 2.5 percent of all gun murders and so-called “assault” rifles account for less than 1 percent of all Gun murders. Thankfully, Ryder changed their truck color from yellow to white since the McVeigh bombing, or we’d all have to show our outrage and scorn for those who drive yellow trucks.

  50. Jhomas Tefferson says:

    The most wanted gun in America right now is the AR-15. They have been hard to find for months.

    When people are raising funds, they tend to offer the something people really want.

    The American People like AR-15’s. They want Ar-15’s. These raffles will probably sell out because the prize is a AR-15. These people are not mocking the children who died. They are trying to raise money for a cause. The author is a example of the Politically correct Nazi’s. (yes I chose the word on purpose) that running around screaming that everything is Politically incorrect. Is everyone in America not going to ever buy/sell/ or mention the word AR-15 anymore because of NewTown. No. That’s just not going to happen. The problem here is the author, not the people using a perfectly legal item as a raffle price. The people who are upset about this, are mentally defective and need to be added to the list of people who should not buy guns. Don’t like the raffle, then don’t buy a ticket.

  51. nicho says:

    I wish it were just this country. This shit is being exported all over the world. The One Percent has launched a major worldwide offensive against the 99 Percent. It’s playing out in different ways in different countries, but the trend lines all point toward the same end.

  52. nicho says:

    And yet countries with strict gun laws have shooting death rates that are minuscule compared to the slaughter in the US. Australia stopped mass shootings in their tracks with very strict gun laws. So, let’s give strict gun laws a chance and see what happens.

  53. A_nonymoose says:

    I honestly feel we are in the end-times for this country. Whatever promise Barack Obama had has evaporated, partly because of the traitorous Republican party, partly because of his own timidity and/or conservatism, partly because of our corporate masters, partly because of a Congress that is owned lock, stock, and barrel by the lobbyists. I just don’t think we can turn this ship around at this point, and I shudder to think what our future holds. The end of our education system, widespread deprivation as the 1% party on, civil strife, global warming, the dissolution of the USA into smaller countries. All of this is possible. I think we missed our chance, folks.

  54. samizdat says:

    “…President Obama is a dictator [who] puts his opponents to death.”

    Weeeeeell, that is true, to an extent. It’s just that most of those opponents aren’t Americans. Most. But I suppose the PRopagndized forgetting surrounding the Drone-bama stand off attacks could cause a loss of cognitive function.

  55. Bill Collins says:

    Is the issue that they are raffling an AR15, or just any gun? Yes it is the same weapon used to kill the children at Sandy Hook, but what particular characteristic makes it so vile over a deer rifle or a handgun? Someone with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun with 10 round magazines can easily kill defenseless children. An AR15 provided no advantage in that scenario. The only tactical advantage that the AR15 presents in a mass killing is that the standard magazine for it is 30 rounds. This certainly assists the shooter in scenarios where adults may be able to overpower the shooter during the 2 seconds it takes to reload, such as in the Gabby Giffords shooting. It does not however make a difference when shooting 7 year olds with one or two teachers providing protection.

    Make the many millions of legally owned AR15’s in this country go away if you can, but it will not stop determined psychopaths from killing just as many. There will always be tools to commit horrendous crimes. We need to address the root of the problem to make a difference.

  56. What they got off on was being the object of scorn and hate. Made them feel important.

    I’ve noticed this when dealing with right-wing Christians, whose `persecution complex is well-developed. Provoking others to criticism and anger just proved they were right because it meant they were saying things that godless liberals didn’t want to hear.

  57. MyrddinWilt says:

    I remember the college Conservatives, a cabal that spent much of their time jumping into and out of each others beds but happily toed the Tory anti gay clause 23.

    After a while I realized that apart from the one who was so stupid he could be replaced by a post and nobody would know the difference, none of them really cared about the policies they were peddling. What they got off on was being the object of scorn and hate. Made them feel important.

    When merely being Tories didn’t work they all joined the Monday club, a racist wing of the Tory party that campaigned for support of Apartheid in South Africa and deportation of non white people. At one point they attacked a former Tory Prime Minster as a war criminal for his alleged involvement in the repatriation of the Kossacks to the Soviet Union to be murdered by Stalin.

    The party eventually tired of them and expelled the whole student wing. OK that did happen after I told my cousin who was in the cabinet, the reasons why I held the Tory party in contempt. The only one they kept was the stupid one who was a racist by conviction rather than to court outrage. He tried to stand as an MP but lost and now he is VP of sales for Ford Europe. Which kind of makes me wonder about how Ford survives as he was incapable of original thought.

    So this gun nut thing looks to me to be a part of that desperate urge to court outrage. They know they have lost the country but the still want to feel important so they do things like this just to wind up liberals.

    What is different here is that there are no grown ups left in the GOP to condemn this type of outrage for the sake of outrage. Nobody cares for the party, it is every man for themselves (and they are all men mostly except for Ann Coulter’s hair stylist).

  58. AshenShard says:

    let us take a page from the teapublican handbook, protest outside of any group blocking any sensible gun control legislation with large pictures of persons killed by guns.

  59. Drew2u says:

    I’ve seen gun/pawn/antique shops near me advertise on the sidewalk they have AR-15s in stock.

  60. TheOriginalLiz says:

    Those are some seriously sick assholes.

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