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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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jack-55d79    

If she was battered half to death with a baseball bat it would be equally tasteless to have a raffle for a baseball bat. You could make the argument that it's not the exactly the same model of baseball bat and that the raffle winner probably isn't deranged or a criminal, but it's still tasteless. I'm not pro or anti gun control, because I think it's a bit more complicated than both sides often make it out to be, but I am pro tact and this raffle lacks it.

1093 days ago
17.

John the Lawyer    

TMZ bias. In Arizona (unlike California) guns are legal. Heck, even concealed weapons are OK without a permit. And the Glock is the handgun of choice for most police forces. Hey, TMZ, under your logic all police carrying Glocks are an affront to Giffords. Sorry, they shoulda passed this by harvey and jason. Doesn't pass logic test

1093 days ago
18.

Disgusted    

Typical BS story from the lost state of california. Worry about the economy, STUPID !

1093 days ago
19.

Evil Jon    

I swear Californians are on a different planet. It's a gun. An inanimate object. It's not evil. It doesn't make someone evil. Glocks are the most popular handgun in the world. It's like if the congressman was driving a Ford F150 and got in an accident and then the GOP had a raffle for a Ford Fiesta. What in the world is the problem??

1093 days ago
20.

Jasper    

1. How can you auction something if you don't even know if everyone buying tickets can legally own the item? It's like auctioning liquor and selling the tickets to kids.

2. Why in the h is a political party auctioning anything, let alone a gun?

3. But most important, why in the h is this story on TMZ? I come to TMZ to relax and read celebrity gossip. If TMZ wants to do hard news they need to have a special section of the site dedicated to it that I can avoid.

Thanks.

1093 days ago
21.

Mr. X    

What Jack55 said!

FTR: It's legal to do what the Pima Co. GOP is using. That DOESN'T mean it's in good taste.

Why? Well, consider if Jesus does come back. As Bill Hicks once asked, do you think he wants to see a cross hanging around your neck-considering he DIED on one?

1093 days ago
22.

She's baaaack    

It's a Glock for God sake. If the guy would have stabbed her with a butter knife would everyone be up in arms when people bought new flatware? Grow up.

1093 days ago
23.

Sammie    

Um..Hello? A gun is an inanimate object. It is the user who determines what is done with it.

For all of you here griping about the Republicans, check these out if you actually have any guts behind your verbal convictions:

New Black Panthers teaching Black defense w/GUNS & kids sitting in the front row with a hugh cache of weapons right in front of them - how to use knives & machetes, slit throats, all that (NOT kidding! Scary stuff & you don't want me to own a gun? Yikes!)

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d53_1314913923

And 2ndly - Racism started with the Democrats - don't believe me? Don't have to - check out the history lesson:

Democratic Party: Birth of Racism in America
http://patriotupdate.com/articles/democratic-party-birth-of-racism-in-america

1093 days ago
24.

Prince Von A-Hole    

Lets just put it this way. Lets Compare the crime rate in the great civilized Ca with the strictest gun laws with the crime rate of states with lenient gun laws like Co. or Tx.
Enough said. Strict gun laws just make it safer for the criminals.

1093 days ago
25.

Quinn    

That's F*N RE-TAR-DED. What idiot thought that one up? The GOP in NY wouldn't pull that sheet. WTF. I'm not a Republican - I'm not a Democrat - But whomever runs that sheet out there isn't too bright.

1093 days ago
26.

Ben    

Oooohhhh...big freaking deal. If it was a Smith and Wesson or a Ruger, would it be a big deal? It was a Glock and that looney-bin shooter used a Glock... Therefore Glocks are evil so auction a different brand.

1093 days ago
27.

Mike    

Glock 23 .40 caliber. Glock 19 9mm. I guess TMZ would consider a Ford Escort almost identical to a Mustang? I know TMZ staff are not journalists, but maybe consider doiing a little fact checking on your stories? And the mistake is important in this case. You imply that the Republican party is doing this auction in some way to offened the Congresswoman. The more "identical" the gun, the more it looks like a direct attack. Your bias is showing.

1093 days ago
28.

russ    

Spoken like true liberals TMZ. Pathetic to draw the comparison.

1093 days ago
29.

CommonSense    

I guess if the "CRAZY PERSON" who shot Gifford had plowed into her with a Volkswagon then we should'nt allow anyone to ever win a car again is that the logic of the ignorant TMZ hack who tapped out this stupid story with thier feet?
You liberals in L.A. and at TMZ live in such a naive bubble it's shockingly sad. Wake up you silly silly children.

1093 days ago
30.

Terrie    

The words "in bad taste" don't even come CLOSE to describing this fiasco of a raffle. Idiots ...

1093 days ago
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