[h/t to Bitter]
In Pima County, AZ, where Representative Gabrielle Giffords was famously shot and seriously injured in January, the local Republican party is holding a fundraising raffle. As is common away from the coast, they're raffling off a gun. Naturally, several "progressives" are upset that people still use guns as usual after a traumatic event was supposed to have made everybody see them as Evil Totems. Not news.
But this... This goes beyond the usual stupid:
For just $10, readers can purchase a raffle ticket (out of 125 offered) for a chance to win a brand new handgun. Not just any handgun, but a Glock 23
Arizona Republicans surely know just how effective this particular brand of gun can be. After all, it was only eight months ago that Jared Lee Loughner used a Glock 19 in Tucson - the seat of Pima County - to shoot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the head.[...]
Let's see... with 125 tickets, at $10 a ticket, the PCRP could pull in a cool $1,250 - minus whatever their souls are worth, of course.
The Glock pistol, in its dozens of variants, is probably the most popular pistol in the United States. More so than any other pistol, the Glock is "just any handgun". There are two and a half million of them out there. They're used by thousands of police and military forces worldwide, from the NYPD to the armed units of London's Metropolitan Police. For Nyarlathotep's sake, the Pima County Sheriff's department issues its officers Glocks. The Glock has proved such a perfect generic baseline handgun that almost every major firearms manufacturer now makes guns mimicking it. I grasp that the writer most likely has a preexisting tribal taboo against handguns in general, but believing that the actions of an insane murderer should make a ubiquitous manufacturer's entire product line haraam to people outside his tribe is pretty foolish.
This is like, to paraphrase one commenter, a radical anti-auto environmentalist insisting it's in poor taste for a Republican to drive a Ford F150 after a Democrat was run over with a Ford Focus.