Skip to comments.St. Louis-area lawmaker raffles off same type of gun used by Colorado shooting suspect (MO)
Posted on 07/27/2012 3:59:05 AM PDT by marktwain
ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A Republican Missouri state legislator from the St. Louis area plans to hold a fundraiser where he will raffle off one of the same type of weapons used by James Holmes in last weeks deadly Colorado movie theater shooting.
Rep. John McCaherty (R-High Ridge) planned the fundraiser just before Fridays shooting that left 12 people dead and several others injured.
McCahertys campaign fundraiser, Ray Brockman, said the raffle for an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle is part of an August 27 fundraising dinner.
Raffle tickets for the gun, which was reportedly donated by the National Rifle Association, cost $25.
Some critics have come down hard on the representative due to the timing of the event.
The timing was horrible, but it was planned so far in advance, he told News 4 on Thursday. It had nothing to do with Colorado, still has nothing to do with Colorado Weve been planning this since April.
He says hes not forgetting about what happened, but doesnt think peoples rights should be voided.
My team is praying for the folks, praying for the families, he said. I cant imagine what theyre going through, but it doesnt negate the fact that people have a right to purchase firearms.
McCaherty reiterated hes not going to change his schedule based on the actions of one individual.
Are we the type of society that we have to stop doing everything because somebody was an idiot? he asked.
But when talking to News 4s Emily Rau, McCaherty did seem to understand the critical backlash.
So you feel like its different for you because youre an elected official, Rau asked.
I could see that, McCaherty responded.
In an email sent to supporters, McCaherty encouraged his supporters to continue selling raffle tickets.
Here is the email:
There has been a lot of interest in the AR 15, especially since the shootings in CO.
Let me begin by saying there are some bad people in the world that will use weapons of any type for bad things, and we are praying for those who were injured, and the families of those who lost loved ones in CO. Still there is no way for the government to make everyone safe...if we outlaw everything that can hurt someone, we would have nothing left. I believe those that commit such horrible acts should be dealt with immediately, and with all the justice system has to throw at them.
I have been contacted by several news sources, all of which are looking for someone to hang all of the problems of the US on...which I am not interested in being their scapegoat...So...
If anyone from the media contacts you about the tickets, please forward them to me. However, I will not be doing any media comments about this event at all...the less attention we give them the quicker they move on to the next story. The families affected do not need the media beating them up, or drawing out the story anymore. So please....Do not answer any questions about the event at all.
We will continue to sell the Event Tickets as planned, and they still do not need to be present for any drawings that take place at the event. Please sell the tickets primarily by word of mouth....
We are changing the word raffle to Drawing since the purchase of a ticket also includes the dinner and auction on Aug. 27th, and the person will be added into the drawing for the AR. For those of you not familiar with the rifle, it is used primarily for target shooting, hunting, and self defense.
God Bless, Rep. John C. McCaherty
Too bad nobody had that gun when Mr. Joker decided to go Bat sht.
I like the black gun and Stoner had his stuff together when he designed and built it. I think I will buy another just because these people piss me off.
I think I'm goin out to Cabela's this morning and buying another M&P15 just because I can. These marxists really piss me off.
It is a big stretch to try to connect this raffle to the massacre. If you surveyed 100 people and asked them to name things associated with the massacre, how many would say AR-15? I bet the number one answer would be popcorn. So let’s stop selling that. It probably kills more people than AR-15s anyway.
By definition an “assault rifle” is not semi-automatic only. It must have a selector switch making the rifle capable of firing full auto. An M16 or M4 are assault rifles; an AR15 is not an assault rifle.
I am just stunned by this.
The audacity! The nerve!
To hold an AR-15 raffle and not sell tickets online!
Anyone in St. Louis buy me a chance on this thing? I promise I’m good for it...
Actually, I’d be surprised if they didn’t say, “AK-47”. Because, according to the Journalists Guide to Firearms Identification, all gun crime is committed with either an AK-47 or a Glock.
Even Barack thinks it was an AK-47:
Ya beat me to it!
(Might be the Scotch, though. Slows my typing skillz....)
Too much posting. Too little coffee.
Wrong thread. Please disregard.
I bought a M&P 15 before the 08 election and it has performed flawlessly. After the election I got a Bushmaster at Gateway before they closed, but never put a round through it, waiting to get optics. Of course that was before the boating accident when the Missouri river was high.
Maybe they should ban the model of car he drove to the theater?
If you’re going to hold a gun raffle, don’t limit it to just one gun. People are downright persnickety about the guns they like and are interested in, and even a small selection will get a much better turn out.
It would probably work best if you had a rifle, a shotgun, a large and small handgun, a collectible or more decorative type gun, as a minimal example.
And if the raffle is subdivided into a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place with different prizes, it’s a great idea to include a “or cash equivalent”, for those who win a gun they just don’t particularly like.