• Republicans Raffle Off a Glock in Gabrielle Giffords' District

    Down in the great state of Arizona, Pima County Republicans had themselves a great idea: Let's celebrate the kids goin' back to school by havin' a gun raffle! And for extra karma points, let's raffle off a gun from the same manufacturer as the one that killed a bunch of people (including a little girl) and almost killed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, right here in our county, back in January! And heck, let's publish a tasteful announcement in our newsletter! Wheeeeeee!

    "Get yourself a new Glock 23 .40 cal handgun for just 10 bucks — if your name is drawn," the newsletter reads.

    A picture of the handgun, being raffled with three 12-round magazines and a case, also appears in the newsletter. The Republicans are selling 125 tickets.

    Mike Shaw, chairman pro tem of the Pima County Republicans, and Frank Antenori, a Republican state senator who has filed paperwork for a potential run against Giffords, did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

    I know what you're thinking, but it's okay! Jared Lee Loughner didn't murder six Arizonans and wound Giffords with a Glock 23 .40 caliber gun. He used a Glock 19 9 mm, so this auction is totally normal and not at all upsetting or insensitive. Plus, the Glock website says the Glock 19 is "ideal for versatile use" (like, you know, murdering children and grown-ups), whereas the Glock 23 is the "official service pistol" of the FBI, which makes all of this downright patriotic. Thanks, Pima County Republicans!

    Photo by Dennis Flaherty/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

    Tags: Arizona, Gabrielle Giffords, Guns, Republicans


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