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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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91.

Jughead    

If Giiffords had carried HER 9mm that day, perhaps fewer people would have died.

958 days ago
92.

alletis    

I hope whoever wins the gun still has to have background checks etc..before they take ownership or do they not do that in AZ. Again the right to own a gun is not the issue having it as a prize in a raffle is. Who is to say one of those people you are supposedly protecting yourself from by owning a gun wins the raffle? Another reason for me to stay out of AZ.

958 days ago
93.

alletis    

We live in a free country and I guess they can raffle off anything they want..Doesn't mean they should. Shows lack of good judgement and is just plain tacky and tasteless.

958 days ago
94.

To the left    

Help get out the vote and win a gun. Poor taste at the very least. Yes, we were given the right to bear arms . So Americans could join a militia and defend against invading British troops. An then we used them to kill each other during the Civil War. Homicides by guns per 100,000. Canada 0.4 , US 3.98. ---- But this story is really about some clueless idiot who happens to work for the GOP.
If your comments rant and rave about the " liberals" or " Obama", perhaps you should work on your reading comprehension.

958 days ago
95.

To the left    

Help get out the vote and win a gun. Poor taste at the very least. Yes, we were given the right to bear arms . So Americans could join a militia and defend against invading British troops. An then we used them to kill each other during the Civil War. Homicides by guns per 100,000. Canada 0.4 , US 3.98. ---- But this story is really about some cluelss idiot who happens to work for the GOP.
If your comments rant and rave about the " liberals" or " Obama", perhaps you should work on your reading comprehension.

958 days ago
96.

Dan C.    

Funny how TMZ is so offended by a Glock handgun, when every single day you bend over and worship "gangsta *****" rappers.
You people are dumb, clueless punks.

958 days ago
97.

Bruno    

If Gifford had been bludgeoned with a baseball bat, would you be ragging on someone auctioning off a Louisville Slugger? Grow up. People still have the ultimate control over what they choose to do with the things at their disposal, be it a gun, a bat or their words.

958 days ago
98.

william    

Typical insulated Hollywood attitude...really a stretch on this one..TMZ...are you a celebrity website or oh so politcally correct website...U looked like dweebs on this one...

958 days ago
99.

jeffapple    

So what, this gun is a popular model, get a hold of yourselves. It's such a shame how the libtards and the media fish for any stupid little thing to whine about. What a bunch of losers.

958 days ago
100.

Marty    

mmm. We no longer have enough Police and firemen, because of layoffs and the criminals are taking over and it is no longer safe to live in the peaceful city you lived in 5 years ago?

Yeah right take the guns away from legal owners. Then the criminals will be able to just walk in and take what they want, including your life. Right on stupid America.
How bout this. We have not really ever been invaded by a military force YET! Why, because we are the only nation in the world that is armed. Everyone can figure out military strengths and weaknesses. But there is a wildcard here in the US,

AN ARMED SOCIETY.

958 days ago
101.

bob    

People are morons if they think limiting Guns will make nutjobs who murder disappear. If the even get around to trying Jared it will be revealed how he should have been locked away long before the Giffords tragedy but was cut lots of breaks because his momma worked for the city. What you should be more worried about are all the illegal aliens committing crimes.

958 days ago
102.

Reba    

My husband showed me this yesterday - I am beyond disgusted!!! For shame GOP

958 days ago
103.

eternity    

uggh, I wish Giffords would just go away. She defended the most vile issues and was given a second chance by God. I hope she decides to stand up for Him this time around.

958 days ago
104.

Kaveman    

Must be some REAL IDIOTS over in that TMZ "newsroom".

958 days ago
105.

brandon    

Ohh **** u tmz and. U ignorant ********. Guns don't. Kill. People. Do. Stop crying about a gipun raffle ****. This is america. U guys adjust try to stir **** up. What is there not suppose to be any guns sold in Arizona anymore. Stfu. And stop being so partial to democrats. **** u tmz. **** u. Shame on you shame on you.

958 days ago
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