Arizona’s Republican party is taking conservative compassion to a new level, with the Pima County Republican Party raffling, for $10 per ticket, a Glock 23 handgun, the same type used in Tuscon’s shooting which killed six people.
Although most political newsletters feature standard fare such as a welcome letter from the chairman, descriptions of local candidate platforms, a calendar of events and such, the PCRP announced in its August 26 newsletter (pdf), a regular online feature, the chance to purchase the Glock for just $10, part of its get-out-the-vote (and apparently shoot) campaign. That’s right. According to the PCRP,
Get yourself a new Glock 23 .40 cal handgun for just 10 bucks - if your name is drawn. That’s right, for just 10 dollars this gun could be yours.
The newsletter notes 125 tickets will be sold for the gun, similar to the Glock 19 used by Jared Lee Loughner in Tuscon (seat of Pima County) last January 8 in which 19 people were shot, including the attempted assassination of US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Six people were killed at the shooting, including a US federal judge and a nine-year-old girl.
The handgun comes equipped with three 12-round magazines, adjustable grips, and a gun case, and in a reflection of the state’s political mentality, the PCRP newsletter added
Tickets will go quickly for this firearm!
Congresswoman Gifford’s office has offered no comment.
According to the Huffington Post, PCRP’s office has confirmed the raffle. HuffPo added the gun’s trigger is “sensitive,” making it “all the easier to fire those 36 bullets you’ll get in those three magazines.” Loughner was only able to fire off 32 shots, and in its parody of the newsletter, HuffPO added: “Think you can do better? Then give us your money.”