Children in a Missouri town are exchanging raffle tickets offering an AR-1 5 assault-style rifle as the medal to raise money for their baseball squad. The rifle “re the same” type of weapon used last week in the Florida school photographing that killed 17 people.
The raffle was propelled before the shooting, but Levi Patterson, the coach of the team in Neosho for boys 9 and younger, told The Kansas City Star he plans to continue with the fundraiser.
Patterson said he decided to “turn it into a positive thing” after “getting the hate” in the form of indignant Facebook announces after the raffle was first reported.
The weapon was gifted as a medal by a crew parent and co-founder of Neosho gun manufacturer Black Rain Ordnance Inc ., which is currently sloping a Spec1 5 AR pistol on its Facebook page.
“Are you all tone deaf? ” a Facebook user expected in a since-deleted affix on Patterson’s Facebook page. “AR1 5 kills seventeen so you raffle a gun for child athletics? Lord, parties wake the inferno up.”
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Patterson said “our minds break” for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School . But he added that gun raffles “have been going on for years. Evil has and will ever exist.”
Patterson said none of the children on his unit will be forced to sell raffle tickets for the artillery if they’re embarrassing doing so.
“I just think they have moods to this specific type of artillery[ that are] different than beings around here do, ” he told the Star.
Patterson said supportive gives have been pouring in as well.
Kansas Republican Tyler Tannahill, who is running for a congressional fanny, and Missouri GOP U.S. Senate candidate Austin Peterson have also been criticized for each offering an AR-1 5 giveawayto draw attention to their campaigns, KMOV-TV reported.
Another gun raffle in Michigan has been cancelled, the Detroit Free Press reported. The raffle, which was to raise money for the football team of South Lyon High School, too featured an AR-1 5.
“Due to the recent distressing events, the South Lyon Football Booster Organization has decided to cancel the second largest annual Wild Game Dinner. The sensibility of the questions coupled with the untimely tragedy has led to the decision, ” said a statement on the team’s website. “At no object did the Booster club intend to annoy those sensitive to the topic of firearms.”