The Nevada County Tea Party raffled off an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, among other guns, in a fundraiser last month. “Three guns, three chances to win. Winner does not need to be present to win,” according to the flyer posted on the Tea Party’s website.
I know that most gun owners in our community are responsible people, and I also understand that “guns don’t kill people; people do.”
But the AR-15 assault-style rifle is a gun that “keeps being used in mass shootings,” as Fusion.net points out.
An AR-15 was used to kill nine people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon in October. The murder weapons used in the San Bernardino shooting were versions of an AR-15, a semi automatic version of a U.S. military assault weapon..
It also was the weapon used in the murders of 12 people at a Colorado movie theater in 2012. And an AR-15 was used in the 2012 murders of 20 first graders and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut.
“The gun industry has spent decades stoking demand for the AR-15 and rifles like it,” as the New York Times reports.
“There once was a nationwide ban on such assault weapons, imposed in 1994 following a number of mass shootings in the ’80s and ’90s,” as CBS News reports. “When it was lifted ten years later, gun rights advocates cheered and sales rose.”
I find it tasteless to be auctioning off an assault-style AR-15 rifle in a community fundraiser — another sign of the hard right’s desire to make bold political statements. How about auctioning off a trap shooting rifle or a hunting rifle? Or a cabin in Lake Tahoe?
I continue to find our community’s “messaging” to be incongruous: gun-toting Tea Party activists or college-educated millennials who are tech geeks, and hiking and biking enthusiasts? LOL.
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