Just in case we didn’t already think gun advocates were out of touch with reality…
Countless organizations have taken the steps to help raise money for victims of the mass shooting in Orlando — but one effort came across more insensitive than charitable.
According to reports, a Chicago-area gun store set up a raffle to raise money for the victims of the massacre.
And the prize of the raffle being offered by Second Amendment Sports is none other than an AR-15 rifle — the same type of weapon that Omar Mateen used to kill 49 people earlier this month.
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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