Despite this raffle sounding like something from a rejected Saturday Night Live sketch, the owners of the gun shop insist their efforts were genuine.
Owner Bert Irslinger Jr. told The Chicago Tribune:
"We wanted to do something for the loss of lives and injuries that happened to people in Orlando. I understand that there are different opinions out there. We don't look at this as a gun issue. We look at this as a terrorism issue."
We're sure they mean well, but guns shouldn't be used to raise money for victims of gun violence — the same reason why no one raffled off miniature airplanes to raise money for the victims of 9/11.
Needless to say, the gun shop has received a ton of heat. Colleen Daley, executive director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, found the raffle "offensive," noting:
"I'm glad people are trying to raise money. I just don't think it's the most appropriate way to do that. These guns are weapons of war, meant to kill large numbers of people in a short time, which is what happened in Orlando. I find it very distasteful and offensive."
Kathleen Larimer, whose son was killed in the 2012 shooting in Aurora, Colorado, believes the raffling off a gun "is not taking its killing power seriously."
The winner of the raffle — which costs $5 to enter — will be announced on July 31. In addition to all the proceeds going to OneOrlando Fund, Second Amendment Sports plans to donate $2,000 to the fund.
It's nice they want to help, but this effort seems way more insulting to the victims than charitable.
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