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.
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.