Anti-Gun Activists Take Aim At Gun Raffles

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Earlier this month a gun raffle being held as a fundraiser for the West Fargo Hockey Club drew national attention when anti-gun activists took note of it (ironically enough, the national attention had the side effect of selling a lot of raffle tickets).

Now the West Fargo raffle, along with a similar raffle being held by law enforcement agencies in New Hampshire, are being targeted by anti-gun groups for shut down:

The New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police is raffling off a gun every day in May, including a Ruger AR-15-style rifle with 30-round magazine similar to the one used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 20 children and six educators in December. The players in West Fargo’s Youth Hockey Association will raffle off 200 guns and an all-terrain vehicle next month. Up for grabs are shotguns, handguns hunting rifles and semi-automatic rifles.

Both were planned long before the shooting in Newtown invigorated calls for increased gun control. That didn’t stop critics from blasting the raffles as, at best, in poor taste and, at worst, criminal.

John Rosenthal, founder and director of the Massachusetts-based Stop Handgun Violence, called the chiefs’ raffle “insane” and “criminally irresponsible.”

“In 33 states, including Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, the winner of this AR-15 can turn around the same day and sell it to anyone without an ID or background check,” Rosenthal said. “They should cancel their raffle and give away a nice mountain bike or snowmobile.”

Jonathan Lowy, director of the legal action program at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said he knows of no state in which the raffle would be illegal. But “having these gun giveaways and gun raffles can trivialize the seriousness of firearms,” Lowy said.

In a letter posted on the chiefs association website, Salem Police Chief Paul Donovan extended his sympathies to the families of those killed in Newtown but stressed it and other tragic shootings “are contrary to lawful and responsible gun ownership.”

This is such hysterical nonsense. Should we stop raffling off cars because sometimes people use them to commit crimes? Of course not.

But this is for the children. If you’re not anti-gun after Sandy Hook, you’re against the children.

It really is fascinating, though, to watch as the anti-gun activists take their fight to every front available to them. They want to destroy gun culture in America. They know they can’t just ban guns, but they want to make getting a gun, owning a gun and using a gun so difficult and so expensive that Americans stop doing it.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • WOOF

    Saul Alinsky is whispering in the self righteous dullards ears.
    “Do it, wave the bloody gun, assert your rights.
    Don’t back down.”

    No better friend .
    There will be laws.

    • two_amber_lamps

      The only use a leftist has for a gun is intimidation (except for your kook leftist psychopaths like Dorner and Loughner)… and since guns scare leftists they most assuredly don’t want the opposition owning them. Hell, they might actually know how to USE it.

      So Comrade Lefty came up with the best ploy of them all… take away their guns, abrogate the second amendment!

      That way only those who we deem worthy shall have firearms…. those we can keep on a short leash and maintain the masses in proper line.

      “Every Communist must grasp the truth: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” –Mao Zedong (The Little Red Book)(1964)

      Sounds about right YIP?

      The laws you howl and moan for are an abomination… like your political affiliation.

      Totalitarian.

      • $8194357

        10X..
        More folks have died because of totalitarian leftists ideologies
        than any other reason in history….
        Except old age and Barrycare is workin on that as well…

    • $16179444

      i used to believe Hanni was the stupidest poster here, but boy you sure are giving him a run for his (mommy’s) $$

    • Thresherman

      Sounds like that group is right up your alley WOOF.

      Left wing extremists are attacking an association of police chiefs with epithets as if these word only have the meaning that they wish them to have. To them, engaging in a perfectly legal activity is “insane” and “criminally irresponsible.” Yet if we are to call them “fascists” for trying blame the innocent for the acts of the criminal, we are reprehensible and beyond the pale. If we challenge them on the validity of their charges, we want children to die.

      Seriously WOOF, you wouldn’t be able to recognize an Alinskyite if it was barking in your face.

      • WOOF

        My little red white and blue book from FreedomWorks, “Rules For Patriots” by Mark Kibbe.
        Inscription is “Saul Alinsky, whose rules we appropriate”.
        I know Teabaggers , who are Kibbe’s useful idiots.
        Dick Armey left with $8 million of Teatards money.

        • Thresherman

          My God but you are thickheaded.

        • Snarkie

          An eight million dollar dick army? Is that what Ted Haggard sees marching towards him when he’s trippin’ off meth and crack? Remember what Tim Leary said: Never take drugs from someone who doesn’t have a sparkle in their eye!

  • RandyBoBamdy

    Liberals are trying to destroy charity fund raisers now? That is a new record low for them.

  • SigFan

    Oh the horror! A private organization raffling off guns – what’s next, Nukes?

    • $8194357

      They are reserved to millitant rogue state are they not?

  • $8194357

    Thats what the Communist fascist Alinsky left does…
    Pick a target…
    Radicalize it…
    Put a face on it…
    Claim false moral supioriity…
    And destroy from within the existing rule of law society
    for the rule of men above the rule of law agendas…..
    Been workin here for over 100 years as America decays from within
    and becomes “european socialist progressive”…..
    Islam coming in right behind it for its due “jizya” from the infidels west..

  • Spartacus

    What Police Chief Donovan should have posted on the chief’s association website was a statement such as ” I take it Mr. Rosenthal won’t be purchasing any tickets for this years raffle”, and left it at that.

  • Mustangnut

    Use the lefts free advertising if you need to raise money, hold a gun raffle.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Hmmmm, this gives me an idea for a profit. I’ll hold a gun raffle where liberals flourish, they’ll buy more tickets with the hope of destroying guns. I’ll make a good profit. I’ll use a bunch of cheap guns, they’ll never know the difference
    There’s a silver lining in every cloud

  • Wayne

    “The New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police is raffling off a gun every day in May, including a Ruger AR-15-style rifle with 30-round magazine similar to the one used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 20 children and six educators in December. ”

    Every word from “similar…” on in that sentence is a lie.

  • Snarkie

    John Rosenthal, founder and director of the Massachusetts-based Stop Handgun Violence, called the chiefs’ raffle “insane” and “criminally irresponsible.”

    “In 33 states, including Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, the winner of this AR-15 can turn around the same day and sell it to anyone without an ID or background check,” Rosenthal said. “They should cancel their raffle and give away a nice mountain bike or snowmobile.”

    Nothing like a f***ing flatlander telling other people, FROM OTHER PLACES, how they ought to conduct themselves.

    Why can’t Massachusetts step up and stop blaming their internal social ills on their neighbors. It’s in very poor taste, evidences denial, and will prevent pragmatic efforts to address these ills. For example, they could concentrate on how to advance the state’s interest in MINDING THEIR OWN BUSINESS and OUTLAWING SHARP OBJECTS BEFORE EVERY ‘TARD FLATLANDER MA$$HOLE HURTS THEMSELF.

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