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AZ GOP Raffles “the same type of gun used in the attempted assassination of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords”


According to his bio-blurb, politico, Alex Brant-Zawadzki is a “journalist and politico [who] currently studies public affairs at the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. He loves Haagen-Dazs and justice.” And just as Haagen-Dazs is a made-up word created to convey Scandinavian provenance, Brant-Zawadski’s has ginned-up some less-than-credible gun-related mockrage for HuffPo. “On August 26 the Pima County Republican Party sent out its regular online newsletter [image above]. 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.” And that’s bad because it’s “the same type of gun used in the attempted assassination of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.” Just in case you missed that . . .

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. 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.”

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.

That’s a bit . . . subtle. Yeah? Well subtle this.

“Many of us know Gabby and we’re all praying for her continued recovery,” PCRP vice chairman Mike Shaw told “The whole thing was horrible and that adds a lot of sensitivity to the seat.”

Speaking of sensitivity – you have no idea how sensitive the trigger is on this sweet baby we’re raffling! All the easier to fire those 36 bullets you’ll get in those three magazines. Loughner only got off 32 shots. Think you can do better? Then give us your money.

Never mind ice cream; that’s COLD. And this from the side of political spectrum that took Sarah Palin to task for using a firearms metaphor on her Facebook page. Wait! A new flavor! Hypocrisy and hyperbole. Pass.


  1. avatar Jim Flowers says:

    It’s not the same type of pistol. Loughner used a Glock 17 (9X19).

    1. avatar TTACer says:

      Well it’s black, and it looks scary, so it must be the same kind of gun.

    2. avatar Derek says:

      I thought he used a 19.

      1. avatar HSR47 says:

        Regardless, the 17 and the 19 are both varieties of Glock pistols chambered for 9x19mm. The only differences between them are in overall dimensions; the 19 is slightly shorter in the length of the grip, and in the length of the slide (shorter barrel). Other than that, they’re effectively the same pistol.

        1. avatar Derek says:

          I’m aware. I just felt like picking some knits and, apparently, so did you /jab 🙂

        2. avatar Gossven says:

          Isn’t it nits? 😀

        3. avatar Adam says:

          Depends on if you are “needling” or not…

        4. avatar Gossven says:

          Sew very true.

  2. avatar Mr. Lion says:

    “A NEW GLOCK .45” … “a new Glock 23 .40 Cal”

    … so which is it?

    1. avatar Eric S says:

      I noticed that, too. Seems the GOP folks are just as clueless.

  3. avatar Silver says:

    Classic nutball “demonize the tool, not the man” mentality.”

    Quick, someone find out the make and model of the car Loughner’s used to get to the scene of his rampage so we can demonize that!

    Mitsubishi has killed more Americans than Glock could ever hope to, go bleat at them.

    1. avatar TTACer says:

      He went in a taxi, so… I guess we need to ban all taxis.

      1. avatar Gossven says:

        If you outlaw taxis then only the outlaws will ride in taxis.

  4. avatar sdog says:

    i thought he used a g19

  5. avatar Don says:

    Hey look, It’s the same type of gun that has saved the lives and protected millions of people all over the world!


    1. avatar HSR47 says:

      Hey, look!

      That’s the same pistol that seemingly half of the police in the U.S.A. are issued!

      Maybe we ought to ban the police?

      1. avatar Totenglocke says:

        After them repeatedly saying in the comments on that post that “The brand is what matters”, they all say “It doesn’t matter what the police carry” – they can’t make up their mind on if the brand matters or not.

  6. avatar Matt says:

    same gun carried by police in many departments.Not sure if that means it is good or if it means should be labeled an extremely dangerous gun

  7. avatar GS650G says:

    Liberal policies have killed far more people, let’s ban liberals.

  8. avatar ScottA says:

    Is it the assault pistol version with the high capacity clips? I might need to buy one of those raffle tickets.

  9. avatar Pale Horse says:

    He did use a Glock 19, with a Glock 18 magazine (33 round stick)

  10. avatar James says:

    If you go read another version of the article at RawStory, and then skip down to the comments, the most used word to describe the situation is “inappropriate”, followed immediately by “insensitive”.

    Honestly, even after consulting, I fail to understand how either word at all applies to the situation.

    1. avatar HSR47 says:

      Both words apply to the words penned by the supposed ‘journalist’ who wrote the hatchet job quoted by this blog post.

  11. avatar Totenglocke says:

    Reading the comments on that site is so depressing. These people have NO CLUE what they’re talking about. The best comment involved a guy claiming to be a gun owner, but with no knowledge of gun laws, saying that because it’s a raffle, this could be given to a kid with no background check.

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