The Republican Party of Pima County sure are acting sensitive towards Gabrielle Giffords these days, aren’t they? First, the potential Republican challenger questions her fitness to serve in public office, and now the GOP in her district are raffling off a Glock handgun as part of a fundraiser.
On August 26 the Pima County Republican Party sent out its regular online newsletter. It contained an intro from the chairman, a description of local candidates, a calendar of upcoming events, and so on. But this issue also featured an eye-catching giveaway to raise money for Get Out the Vote efforts. 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 know only too well how effective this kind of weapon is. It wasn’t too long ago that a man named Jared Lee Loughner used a Glock in Tucson, the county seat in Pima, to shoot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the head. Giffords survived, but six other people, including a nine year old girl and a federal judge, were killed in the same shooting.
The raffle gun comes preloaded with adjustable grips, a case, and three 12-round magazines. Glock USA describes the model as “a slightly reduced size of a full-size handgun for easier concealment but still retains the performance on the level of a serious big bore.” Apparently, the Republicans of Pima County are so happy about how the Glock has been used, that they’ve made every effort to use it to help their fundraising efforts. Loughner was able to fire 32 rounds during his rampage. The Glock being raffled has three 12 round magazines, for a total of 36 rounds. It’s almost as if the GOP wants to know if anyone can do better than Loughner.