Gabrielle Giffords Gets Enhanced Security, Neighboring GOP Auction Off Gun

Gabrielle Giffords Gets Enhanced Security, Neighboring GOP Auction Off Gun

Sep 1, 2011

The Federal Election Commission today approved a request by Gabrielle Giffords’ staff to use some of her campaign funds for additional security. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Democrat’s Congressional district, the Pima County Republican Party is auctioning off a gun.

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The latest fundraising ploy by the Republican Party in Arizona’s Pima Country is beyond foul. According to the Huffington Post, the GOP branch will soon raffle off a Glock 23, an updated version of the same weapon a gunman used to shoot Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others last January.

Asking price for a ticket? $10. The proceeds, which could total $1,250, will go straight into the party’s campaign coffers.

Not surprisingly, the party, whose region includes Giffords’ Tucson, Arizona, district, is being roundly criticized — and not just by Democrats.

Brian Miller, the man who last chaired the Pima County GOP, told Talking Points Memo, “There’s a woman who has a bullet in the brain and who everybody is wishing a full recovery. I don’t think that raffling off a firearm right now is probably the right way to go.”

Aside from being in completely terrible taste, the gun raffle could be potentially embarrassing for the GOP for another reason: the news is breaking just as the Federal Election Commission said Giffords, who is still recovering from the shooting, can use her campaign funds for enhanced security at her home.

Though rational people see the dangerous subtext in and potential ramifications of the gun raffle, Miller says the Pima County GOP probably won’t be swayed to reason: “The people who are running the Pima County GOP right now aren’t exactly known for their ability to feel the political pulse.”

He went on, “Politically, it’s kind of a silly thing to do.” That’s putting it nicely.

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