Whoops: Controversy Results In More Ticket Sales For Gun Raffle


I wrote earlier this week about the West Fargo Hockey Club becoming a target for the anti-gun crowd over a fundraiser they’re holding raffling off 200 guns (including scary “assault weapons”).

But something ironic happened. As the raffle got media attention, ticket sales went through the roof.

“We’ve seen an increase in traffic and appreciate all of the positive encouragement received from around the nation!” club President Cal Helgeson told me yesterday in an email. “While some media outlets on the east coast choose to show their negative opinion, we’ve received a substantial number of supporters coming in opposing the media’s view.”

Helgeson said all the attention has had a big impact on ticket sales. “The negative media attention from the east coast has encouraged people from the east coast to respond to us in a positive, supportive manner.”

So, thanks to the anti-gun folks picking a fight with the hockey club, people from all over the country are buying raffle tickets for a North Dakota hockey club fundraiser.

The anti-gun people just can’t win. Their griping may be the best thing that has ever happened to the West Fargo Hockey Club.

Update: I was remiss in not providing a link to West Fargo Hockey where raffle tickets may still be available.

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.

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  • RCND

    The law of unintended consequences strikes again. First the impromptu gun bazaar in Seattle, and now a youth hockey program will benefit from a biased media. I love it

  • The fighting Czech

    Well the real test will be next year….Will someone in the club, crawl into the corner whimpering for forgiveness from the PC crowd swearing to only auction off Fat-free, sugar-free tasteless cupcakes with soy frosting? Or will it be bigger and better then this year??? Good luck to them…

    • RCND

      400 guns probably needs to be their goal based on the turnout of this one

  • RandyBoBandy

    It really is great to see liberal smear tactics backfire in hilarious ways. This time it benefited youth hockey! If it weren’t for this negative media I would have never known they had a raffle. So where can I buy a ticket?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Whoops, added the link to the post.

      Sorry about that!

      • RCND

        Reposting from the original story…


        If you want tickets, I got these instructions forwarded to me from someone who asked for them:

        “We (West Fargo Hockey Association) will continue to sell tickets on a first come, first served basis, until they are sold out. You will be notified if a ticket is secured for you, otherwise, your check will be returned to you.

        Tickets are $40 each. Checks can be made payable to WFHA and can be sent to the following address. Your ticket numbers will be emailed (we cannot send them through USPS). Tickets cannot be purchased online.

        Please include for the ticket info your name, email, phone, address.

        1102 4th St. E.
        West Fargo, ND 58078

        Winners need not be present to win, and will be contacted after the drawing date.

        Please see official rules at http://www.westfargohockey.com.”

  • Geoff Bosse

    This looks to be a terrific opportunity. They should reinvest the 100k they raise from this and buy even more guns to hold a national raffle. Take advantage of the attention while you still have it

  • 1911bullseye

    If they really want to sell tickets, raffle off hi-cap magazines…..if you can find them

  • Jakob Stagg

    I’m not sure what the fuss is about. Contact ATF. Tell them you are with the Sinaloa Cartel. They’ll get you anything you want. Is this a great country or what? If you are a criminal, there are no constraints on what you get or what you do.

    • two_amber_lamps

      You might get 2 for the price of one if you say you’re with Los Zetas…..

  • headward

    I’m not really surprised. All of this advertising was FREE!

  • cylde

    The only thing liberals like about hockey is goalies that often have no front teeth. Blocking a goal the hard way.

  • devilschild

    I won three shotguns at a raffle similar to this one a few years ago. I had to pick them up at Cabelas and go through the same process is if I purchased them there. You don’t just walk away with a firearm.

  • Deerslayer

    whoops is right..300 this year