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Friday, 21 December 2012 07:09

North Carolina Tea Party’s Post-Newtown Massacre "Great Gun Giveaway"

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In the wake of the Newtown Massacre, the Asheville (North Carolina) Tea Party is conducting a “Great Gun Giveaway,” raffling off “two guns, an AR-15 assault rifle and a .22 magnum handgun. The raffle is moving forward “apparently in response to talk of gun control by ‘the Left’ in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings,” Salon’s Jillian Rayfield recently reported.

“We have given the Federal Government permission to disarm school officials by force of law and threat of imprisonment. They are now incapable of defending the children under their care. This is the reality. Does this not need to be changed?” the Asheville Tea Party  said in a letter posted on its PAC website.

“We refuse to allow the Left and the Liberal mindset to once again hijack the conversation as they have and allow the political hacks to pass laws that continue to limit our inalienable right to protect ourselves and the most defenseless among us,” the group said.

Tea Party chairwoman Jane Bilello “said the fundraiser was planned before Friday's massacre,” usatoday.com reported. “She said she understood the Initial criticism of the fundraiser.”

Bilello said that the organization is "taking flak, [and] that's fine. If anything, this brings this issue to the surface. We are appalled at this (Connecticut) incident, but gun control has not worked."

According to the flier for the raffle, a $20 ticket gives you a chance to win a .223 caliber AR-15 assault rifle made by arms manufacturer DPMS Panther Arms (similar to AR-15 made by Bushmaster Firearms that was used in the Newtown shootings), and $10 for the .22 magnum pistol. Both raffles are limited to 200 entries.

Wonkette’s Taylor Huffman pointed out that “The DPMS Panther Oracle AR-15 provides its owner with SO MUCH PROTECTION [Wonkette caps] because you can fire a lot of rounds very quickly – and look! It comes with two 30-round magazines, so you’ll be ready for some serious protecting the instant your prize changes hands. It also comes with a carrying case, but you’ll probably just want to sling it around your back on one of those fancy straps. If you’re more the handgun type, $10 gives you the chance to win the Keltee .22 Magnum, a particularly special pistol because, as the flyer notes, it’s the rare military version, which is bound to bring its new owner intoxicating feelings of EXTREME PROTECTION [Wonkette caps]. You won’t have to tell those neighbor kids twice to turn down that Hip-Hop anymore! The pistol even holds a 30-round clip in case you have to foil a shooting and haven’t had much time yet to practice.”

Comparing Barack Obama to Hitler

A piece posted at politicalanalytical.com pointed out, “The Asheville Tea Party has a history of inflammatory rhetoric, … sounding the alarm over the impending threat of Sharia law, and advocating for nullification, the thoroughly debunked and unconstitutional theory that a state can simply decide to ignore federal law within its borders.”

A few months ago, the Asheville Tea Party posted a piece comparing President Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler.

“Hitler took control of the banks….Obama took control of the banks.

“Hitler installed Socialized medicine….Obama’s Administration passed Socialized medicine.

“Hitler took control of major industries…Obama took control of major industries.

“Hitler organized youth into the brown Shirts…Obama’s DNC organized massive student rallies.

“Hitler seized control of all private weapons…Obama’s supporters want to eliminate private ownership of weapons.

“Hitler reorganized government…Obama is governing by executive order/czars-would ignore the Constitution and congress. Hitler coordinated atrocities against Jews with Muslim support…Obama will eliminate Israel and “stand with the Muslims”.

“Hitler organized the labor force under the Socialist party…Obama is Owned by labor unions.

“Hitler, “Tell a lie loud enough and long enough and the people will believe you”…Do you need to be reminded of the lie after lie uttered by this Communist/Socialist/Progressive?

“Hitler’s Socialists bankrupted the nation…And where are we headed?

“The parallels between Hitler’s rise to power and the emergence of Obama are so, so similar.”

In the wake of the Newtown Massacre, most of the pro-gun community had the good sense to remain silent. Even the leadership of the National Rifle Association was quiet. But not the so-called patriots in charge of the Asheville Tea Party.