“Door prizes are supposed to be fun kind of gifts. Sometimes they can be kitschy. Sometimes they can be coupons to restaurants, but they shouldn’t be something that can actually kill someone.” – New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal quoted in Buffalo-area state assemblyman to offer guns as door prizes at fundraiser [at nydailynews.com]

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    • Exactly. I would love one of these gun kinds of gifts (oops; slip of the tongue). I don’t yet have a nice marksman rifle or any shotgun, only some AR platforms.

    • This is in Buffalo. Wouldn’t it be Ironic if the assemblyman changed his mind and gave out buffalo wings and someone choked to death on one.

    • I’m wondering if you should be calling “her” a “she”. Looks to be me like a man in drag.

  1. Guns ARE a fun kind of gift.

    Coupons to restaurants can lead to or encourage obesity and being overweight is far more dangerous than owning firearms.
    I mean no offense to anybody. I’m about 50-60lbs over what I should be myself.

  2. I’ve gotten alcohol as a door prize. Drinking kills.
    I’ve seen someone get a car as a door prize. Driving kills more people than guns.
    I’ve seen people choke at a restaurant. Maybe they won a gift certificate to that restaurant as a door prize.

    I’ve never seen stupidity as a door prize. I don’t want to go to the parties she goes to…. That’d be a crappy door prize.

    • “I’ve seen someone get a car as a door prize. Driving kills more people than guns.

      This.

      Didn’t the Oprah give away some cars?

    • Just imagine if they gave away cooking utensils and kitchen knives in the giveaway?!

      EDIT: Yes Oprah gave a whole audience cars at some point.

  3. Sometimes they can be coupons to restaurants, but they shouldn’t be something that can actually kill someone.

    “Gun deaths” in the U.S. in 2012: 12,664

    Deaths caused by heart disease: 597,689

    Because we all know correlation implies causation, which is more deadly? The gun or the restaurant gift certificate?

  4. So if kitschy is a criteria does that mean a Hello Kitty or a Zombie themed Hi-point are okay door prizes?

  5. Oprah gave away a bunch of cars. Those things are well-known for their ability to kill or maim innocent bystanders.

  6. “Door prizes are supposed to be fun kind of gifts. Sometimes they can be kitschy. Sometimes they can be coupons to restaurants, but they shouldn’t be something that can actually kill someone.”

    I’ve known legislators who died after being elected. Perhaps we should also ban getting elected, Assemblycritter Rosenthal. And why stop at banning things that kill people as door prizes? Let’s ban everything that kills people period . . . . ladders, cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, jet skis, forklifts, water, food, alcohol, methamphetamine, methadone, heroin, cardiac disease, cancer, diabetes, cirrhosis, old age. Have I missed anything? If so, let’s all just roll ourselves up in bubble wrap so we never are exposed to anything dangerous! Oh wait, on second thought, bubble wrap isn’t bullet-proof. OK, make it Kevlar bubble-wrap.

  7. “…they shouldn’t be something that can actually kill someone.

    I’ll bet there is more than one English Comp teacher writhing in agony right now.

  8. Well, 60 seconds of googling reveals that the CDC estimates roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases each year. Of those which they can identify a known single setting where food was consumed, about 48% were from restaurants. So that means roughly 1,500 deaths from eating at restaurants.

    So she’s advocating restaurant coupons as door prizes?! My God! What a monster! Why would she promote a pro-death gift like that? Won’t someone please think of the children?!

    • Because restaurants and the University are about the only business concerns left in Buffalo any more.

    • Looks kinda like Garth Algar from Wayne’s World.

      Obligatory: “That is a babe. She makes me feel kinda funny, like when we used to climb the rope in gym class.”

    • @Model66….amazing sir. Your comment is allowed to stand whereas mine was “moderated”, i.e. censored. Oh the humanity!

      • I don’t know what your comment was. I’m not attacking her character….she just has a funny combination of clothing and accessories in this particular picture.
        Groovy, Baby!

  9. A few years ago, I went to event that had door prizes at a time when I was building a house. I had hoped that the door prize was an actual door. Then I realized that someone could walk into it and hurt themselves, so I then hoped that the prize was a bike so no one could get hurt. Then I realized…

  10. She apparently hasn’t heard, fast food kills 10 times as many people in this country than guns.

    • Harrumph! A quick look at the CDC site shows 3,000 deaths annually from food poisoning so that coupon to a restaurant could be a killer.

      • Don’t forget the 300,000 who die of heart desease from eating unhealthy food. (For the record I just made up that number, but I bet it’s close.)

  11. Shannon doesn’t have to worry about this one replacing her as a “spokesperson” any time soon.

  12. You’re built like a car, you’ve got a hub-cap diamond star halo
    You’re built like a car, oh yeah…
    You’re an untamed youth that’s the truth with your cloak full of eagles
    You’ve got the teeth of the hydra upon you…

    Get it on, bang the gong, get it on

  13. We provided a local small town Fire Dep’t. with a Henry for their fund raising raffle. They made great money and the winner walked away with a big smile on his face. I see no problem here.

    • I used to watch various non-profits in my hometown make a killing on gun raffles. One group made around $7000 on one Browning O/U.

      I was on the board for a non-profit for a while (before grad-school happened and life stopped) that was struggling financially. They’re actually dissolved now. But in that town it was pretty much a no brainer that a gun raffle would return AT LEAST 10x the investment in the gun. I even got the other groups in the area to give me their financial statements to convince the other board members……and nothing.

      • “I used to watch various non-profits in my hometown make a killing on gun raffles. “

        Hmmmm. To pun or not to pun…

        • Yeah, yeah. I wrote it three different ways then gave up and came full circle.

  14. “New York Librarian Linda Rosenthal quoted in Buffalo-area state assemblyman to offer guns as door prizes at fundraiser ”
    Fixed that for ya. The only thing she’s assembled is a librarian outfit.

  15. I don’t know. I’m torn. I don’t like firearm ownership to be a secondary thought, or a lucky collateral consequence of being somewhere. I consider it a very thoughtful, self-determined practice. Through my work I speak to dealers regularly and most all of them express a very serious position that they wont sell a gun to somebody they don’t trust. Guns as door prizes is just too (for lack of a better word) ‘random’. But I’m sure there are associated disclaimers as they pertain to state and federal laws.

    When I want a gun I research the options, I walk into a store, i shoot with it, I make it my own. A very intentional process. That said, I’d accept a free gun.

  16. Ok, after having to endure that, you must bring back some sexist Israeli supermodel photos just for balance. Do it in the name of diversity if you have to.

  17. “but they shouldn’t be something that can actually kill someone”

    Apparently she’s the foremost expert on door prizes and reigning authority on what we can, and cannot do at such events. Events she does not attend, manage, or have any involvement with in any way, shape or form.

  18. I, would be willing to bet, that a Jewish person, in Hitler’s, death camp would like to have a free gun. I will never understand the progressive Jewish, mind on gun control.

  19. DAMN YOU, Dan! You are EVIL for posting that pic. I’m gonna have nightmares, and them I’m gonna sue your pants off.

  20. Ya they should,if “somebody’s”a rapist,killer.gangbanger,car jacker,drug dealer thief ,criminal,muderer….oh wait New York has the SAFE ACT….soo none of those people live in New York,oh I am so sorry ,my mistake!

  21. No kitchen knives or gas cards as door prizes! Also, no sports equipment!

    The problem with that lady – she fails to acknowledge that everything from hand tools to softball bats to empty bottles can be used to kill someone. If you’re going to limit the things people can possess only to things that have never been used as a weapon, you’re going to have a very short list.

  22. I wonder whether this is the same hideous, gun-grabbing, member of Hadassah who took a “leave of absence” from a NY congressman’s staff to register non-existent “voters” in Ohio back in 2008. The staffer in question was shown a home for rent by a realtor which had it’s electricity and water on, instead of renting the crew (including college students) returned after dark, broke in, and squatted in the home for nearly a month or more. The home despite being a three (3) bedroom had over 2,000 voters registered to vote at that location.

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