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Young Guns: Youth hockey league raffles off assault rifles as fundraiser

Jan 30, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT


A Fargo, North Dakota youth hockey league is raffling off 200 firearms, among them semi-automatics and AR-15 assault rifles, to raise money for ice rink time. The league caters to players as young as 4 years old.

West Fargo Youth Hockey Association organizers say the raffle fulfills two needs in the community — to help residents get hard-to-acquire guns, and to help kids get onto the ice. Because hey, it’s all about the kids.

Video here.

But hey, there are rules and conditions. Excerpt:

10. Any prizes and all guns are subject to change caliber or model change based on current availability.

12. All unclaimed items after 60 days become property of the West Fargo Hockey Association.

Here come the Mighty Mites onto the ice … and they’re armed!

Raffle organizer Mike Prochnow explained to radio station KFGO in Fargo, N.D., that the raffle was planned back in August, well before the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Tickets are selling well so far, the station wrote, adding that three of the prizes are Rock River AR-15 assault weapons. The rifles are similar to the Bushmaster AR-15 used in the Sandy Hook attack that killed 20 children, according to Newsday.


My main worry is that all of this is going to make people associate hockey with violence, and we wouldn’t want that.

North Dakota Youth Hockey League Raffles Off Guns To Raise $90,000 [Huffington Post]

  1. skids003 - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    I’d buy a ticket. It’s for a good cause. Just because guns are demonized and villified in the liberal press these days doesn’t mean this is bad. What happened at Sandy Hook was terrible, but it has nothing to do with this whatsoever.

  2. themediaisdumberthandirt - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    This story is one of the main reasons for my moniker to be as it is. I’m sure this won’t even post because heaven forbid someone should speak out against all the insanity but here goes anyway. You obviously have no idea what it is to live in ND. We have a longstanding history of hunting, fishing, and general outdoor sporting. This is far from uncommon and just because some mentally deranged individuals decide to use guns for evil does not make the tool evil. People here the word assault rifle and just start freaking out. It’s not like it’s an automatic weapon, it’s semi-automatic meaning you pull the trigger once for every round you shoot. During dear season, it’s not uncommon for 20% of kids to be kept out of school to go hunting with their dads. ND is a proud state with proud traditions and I am proud to be from and currently residing in ND. If you can’t understand the difference between guns and psychopathic behavior, that’s on you.

  3. themediaisdumberthandirt - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Oh yeah, one more thing. West Fargo is a completely different city than Fargo so your report is not even accurate