The Asheville, North Carolina Tea Party announced it would raffle off an assault rifle, only three days after the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
As part of its 'Great Gun Giveaway,' the Tea Party group will auction off a .22 magnum handgun and an AR-15 assault rifle made by DPMS Panther Arms, which is similar to the AR-15 made by Bushmaster Firearms that was used by Adam Lanza to murder 20 school children and six adults, reports Salon.com.
Raffle tickets are $20 for the AR-15 and $10 for the handgun, according to a flier for the raffle.
Tea Party Chairperson Jane Bilello wrote on the Asheville Tea Party’s website: “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?”
"We decided to go through with this raffle at this time because everyone is paying attention. 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."