I've snipped together some local news reports from Tucson about the reaction to their proposed handgun raffle. Reports are from KOLD, KGUN, and KVOA.
TUCSON, AZ (AP/KOLD) - The Pima County Republican Party is drawing scathing criticism for its decision to raffle a Glock handgun.
It's the same brand of gun authorities say accused shooter Jared Loughner used in the January 8 shootings in Tucson that killed six and wounded 13, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Democrats are calling it "a stunning lack of judgment and sensitivity."
The story has gone viral.
The Glock raffle is on the local Republican Party's website.
In a news release, Arizona House Minority Leader Chad Campbell said, "Their raffle is not common sense; it is sick, and the Pima County GOP should call off the raffle in respect for the Arizonans who died and were injured in the Tucson shooting."
The raffle is not sitting well with the Pima County GOP's former chairman.
Brian Miller says "It's a human issue. It's a sensitivity thing. It's a result, like I said, a result of echo chamber thinking. It's myopia."
Chairman of the GOP's legislative district that includes the southern Tucson area, James Kelley, says he advised his colleagues not to raffle the gun.
He acknowledges the party has held previous gun raffles without problems, "but post-Jan. 8, it's bad messaging, and it's insensitive."
Pima Country GOP Chairman Pro Tem Mike Shaw told CNN's Randi Kaye Thursday that raffling off the same kind of gun that was used to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was completely appropriate because the congresswoman also owned a similar Read more...
Current TV host Keith Olbermann Thursday named Pima County Chairman Pro Tem Mike Shaw the Worst Person in the World over his decision to raffle off a Glock handgun, the same kind of weapon that was used to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Read more...
Pima Country GOP Chairman Pro Tem Mike Shaw told CNN’s Randi Kaye Thursday that raffling off the same kind of gun that was used to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was completely appropriate because the congresswoman also owned a similar weapon.
It takes a pretty sick mind to come up with the many things that Limbaugh has been spewing over the years, but this one could be his "David" moment.
You'd have to be on some pretty strong drugs to believe this rant from Rush Read more...