The Pima County, Arizona RepublicanParty is raffling off a Glock 23 handgun to raise money for Democrat Gabby Giffords reelection campaign. Rep. Giffords was shot and severely injured by Jared Loughner using a Glock 19 in an attempt to assassinate her in January of this year. Make good sense? Of course it does…in Arizona. The massacre at a Safeway in Tucson left 6 people dead and 13 injured. Oh, by the way, the winner will also receive three 12-round magazines.
To justify the move, Greg Harris, exec. dir. of the Pima GOP, said that Giffords herself owns a Glock. I have written about gun dimwits in the past but this guy takes the cake. Well maybe not. Mike Shaw, interim Pima County GOP chairman, said: "That Glock is no more responsible for those deaths and the congresswoman's injuries than a Number 2 pencil is responsible for cheating on a test." A completely, and even more idiotic, new twist to “Guns don’t kill, people do.”
James Kelley, Republican chairman in Tucson’s Legislative District 29, said “I advised against this raffle from day one. This is insensitive and stupid and a no-brainer. The chairman and our executive director did the wrong thing.” To which the two replied, “Well, we've done it before.” Kelly responded, “Yes, but not since January 8, and we shouldn’t be doing it now.” The last I heard, all the raffle tickets had been sold.
As far as I know, Gabby Giffords hasn’t made a statement on the issue yet. One would have to wonder just how much she still supports the wide-open Arizona gun laws after the January incident.