You may have seen news that Rep. John McCaherty is "auctioning a .223 caliber AR-15 semi-automatic 'assault' rifle Aug. 27 to raise money." A questionable choice at any time, in my mind. Well, Rep. McCaherty doesn't want to talk about the fundraiser at all, and hopes a big email blast to supporters will make the story go away:
Date: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 1:00 PM
Subject: AR 15 Drawing
There has been a lot of interest in the AR 15, especially since the shootings in CO.
Let me begin by saying there are some bad people in the world that will use weapons of any type for bad things, and we are praying for those who were injured, and the families of those who lost loved ones in CO. Still there is no way for the government to make everyone safe...if we outlaw everything that can hurt someone, we would have nothing left. I believe those that commit such horrible acts should be dealt with immediately, and with all the justice system has to throw at them.
I have been contacted by several news sources, all of which are looking for someone to hang all of the problems of the US on...which I am not interested in being their scapegoat...So...
If anyone from the media contacts you about the tickets, please forward them to me. However, I will not be doing any media comments about this event at all...the less attention we give them the quicker they move on to the next story. The families affected do not need the media beating them up, or drawing out the story anymore. So please....Do not answer any questions about the event at all.
We will continue to sell the "Event Tickets" as planned, and they still do not need to be present for any "drawings" that take place at the event. Please sell the tickets primarily by word of mouth....
We are changing the word "raffle" to "Drawing" since the purchase of a ticket also includes the dinner and auction on Aug. 27th, and the person will be added into the drawing for the AR. For those of you not familiar with the rifle, it is used primarily for target shooting, hunting, and self defense.
Rep. John C. McCaherty