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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

AZ GOP Auctions Gun Like

The One Used to Shoot Her

9/3/2011 6:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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So far ... this wins craziest story of the weekend ....The Republican Party in Pima County, AZ is raffling off a gun almost identical to the one used to shoot the Congresswoman in that very same county ... Gabrielle Giffords.

The online newsletter (see below) went out last Friday and features on page 3 a chance to win "a Glock 23 .40 handgun for just 10 bucks." But hang on -- if your name is drawn, you don't just win the gun ... you get "three 12-round magazines, adjustable grips, and a case."

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A Glock 19 handgun was allegedly used by Jared Loughner in an attack on January 8, 2011 that injured 13 (including Rep. Giffords) and killed six.

Michael McNulty, Giffords' campaign manager, told the Arizona Republic he was "struggling for the words to describe my reaction" to the raffle.

The interim chairman of the Pima County GOP told the paper he was surprised at the reaction, saying Rep. Giffords owned a Glock herself and was an outspoken supporter of the Second Amendment. He explained, "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."

Translation -- guns don't kill people, people kill people.

Real translation -- This guy doesn't have a clue.

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Interim Chairman Mike Shaw told the Arizona Daily Star that the raffle went so well ... they sold a deer rifle too. U-S-A!!!

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FLUX    

This time the out of control GOP has gone to far. As a lifelong Republican voter I can only say, don't expect my vote next year, or my support.

1109 days ago
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Billy    

People are making a big deal out of this and it's nothing. The GOP were stupid for doing something like this, but unlink the title of this story, it's not the same gun and even TMZ states (correctly for once) that it was a different model of gun.

What's next, you can't auction a porsche away to benefit the jacka$& star that killed himself driving his porsche off the road? That's just plain stupid, because it's a Porsche, it's not the "same car" that killed ronnie dunn or whatever the hell his name was.

Yea the GOP should have through and done something different. I wouldn't raffle a gun anyway, but this is nothing but a bunch of liberal dems looking to capitalize on a tragedy. Obammy's team said it, "never let a good crisis go to waste." Guess they are doing that here.

1109 days ago
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Ace    

We need this raffle like we need a hole in our head.

1109 days ago
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MD    

I think it's you guys that don't have a clue. The chairman is absolutely right. If Giffords had been hit by a car, would you object to them raffling a car off because it's a similar body style? What a joke.

How about placing blame on the nutjob that decided to unload into a bunch of innocent people? That's too easy, of course...let's place the blame on millions of law-abiding gunowners of America. As for the argument 'why was he able to get the firearm'....please....what a useless question....how were London rioters able to get guns in the UK where all handguns are banned? Why is Austrailia's crime rate skyrocketing when they have ultra-strict gun laws? Why does Canada's gangs in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal run wild with handguns when the average law-abiding gun owners needs a special permit to even take their gun out of their house to an approved range?

They are criminals. What a concept.

1109 days ago
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schmuck    

What a STUPID STORY. NOT the same gun... The same make, different model. Guns are legal to own in all 50 states. What's the problem? Oh, and Bill... you are f.o.s..

1109 days ago
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Genghis Khan    

NO, the real translation is TMZ doesn't have a clue. Guns don't kill people, psycho's do in this case. Idiots....

1109 days ago
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Swins    

Typical TMZ overreation to a nothing story. Gifford's owns a glock, her husband owns three, they have a couple dozen guns.

1109 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Yes. Guns don't kill people, people kill people. So, let's make sure all the people have guns.

1109 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

It's not wrong, but it is tacky.

1109 days ago
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fstblk    

Well,I've already got my gun as well as other family members. This is the GOP's way of saying we'll be back. We will be ready for them.They have no respect for me why me for them.I'm a DIE HARD DEMOCRAT FOR LIFE!!!!!!

1109 days ago
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Fuck Celebrities    

So if the shooter would have used a car to run everyone down, cars should be banned?

Very lame TMZ.

1109 days ago
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w    

TMZ'S pathetic attempt against republicans, what a failure this story was, really TMZ your staff can barely spell let alone leave their own personal opinion on this NON story matter. Nice Try TMZ, the only think you have proven has been proven a dozen times before, that you all are stupid liberal sheep, now I know I won't be voting democrat come the elections, because of the lengths you morons take with fake stories like this.

1109 days ago
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deaffin    

Real Translation - TMZ doesn't think Glocks should ever be sold again. Its a very popular hand gun. It would be like saying if Loughner hit her with a civic that it would be disrespectful to sell civics anymore.

1109 days ago
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William    

I wish I lived in AZ. I'd like to get in on this raffle. Although, I prefer revolvers.

1109 days ago
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CC    

So what is TMZ saying? Are they saying since some nut shot a Congresswomen there should be a ban on the transfer of similar weapons in AZ? Or is it all weapons? So by the same standard should OK ban the rental of all utility trucks since some nut executed a couple of hundred people using one? And also by the same standard should NY, PA, and DC ban the use of any commercial airliner since some nuts used them as tools to kill a few thousand people? I could go on and on and on. The bottom line is if you let the nuts dictate what law abiding citizens can do you'll end up with nothing. I beginning to believe that Harvey may be one of those nuts........

1109 days ago
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