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Lock and load, it’s youth baseball fundraising time: league raffling off AR-15 rifle (video)

Mar 23, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

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Over in Atwood, IL, all systems are go for a fundraiser in which an AR-15 rifle — the same type used in two recent school massacres — will be raffled off to benefit the local youth baseball league.

According to the people involved this is all perfectly kosher, and one lucky fan will be heavily armed thanks to the Atwood-Hammond Youth Baseball League. NBC News:

The raffle has already raised about $1,600 in two days, said Charidy Butcher, owner of the Atwood Amory Shop – far outpacing last year’s raffle, which raised just $10.

The most successful fundraiser in recent memory raised only $600, the league commissioner said.

“I’m loving it,” said Atwood-Hammond league commissioner Steven McClain. “A lot of people are saying it’s a political stunt, but it’s not.”

The team league is not affiliated with the Little League International, McClain said. Between 100 and 150 children participate in the league every year, he said.

Come to think of it, ‘Atwood Armory Shop’ would be a pretty cool name for the front of a jersey. As for the raffle, let’s just not think about the total disregard for people’s feelings in the wake of two notorious school tragedies in which an AR-15 was used.

So our score so far is, guns 1, strip clubs 0. It was at this time last year that a Los Angeles-area Little League turned down a hefty donation from a local strip club. Los Angeles Times:

Officials from the Lennox Little League decided that taking $1,200 from Jet Strip cabaret was inappropriate, according a report from KTLA. Earlier reports had indicated the gift would be accepted.

The one-square-mile community near LAX runs a Little League with about 300 kids but is faced with doubled field-usage fees imposed by the K-8 Lennox School District, League President Roberto Aguirre told the Daily Breeze. The district also reportedly has forbidden the sale of grilled foods like hot dogs and hamburgers.

Score update: Guns 1, grilled meats 0.

That story had a happy ending, however: the league renegotiated a deal with the school district to lower fees, and received funding from outside sources who heard about its plight due to all the strip club publicity.

The sad part: no jerseys with ‘JET STRIP CABARET’ embroidered on the front. ‘CHICO’S BAIL BONDS’, however, is still in play.

  1. skids003 - Mar 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    The anti gun nuts will have a field day crying about this, it might hurt their feelings. That rifle was not used at Sandy Hook, it was in the trunk, just more liberal lying to get their agendas pushed across.

    Nothing wrong with this, the money is for a good cause, to pay for kids to play baseball. If you whiney babies have a problem with that, put your own money where your mouth is.

    • clickablecontent - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      I’m not a liberal and I think this is ridiculous. Get off your horse so the rest of us can engage in real discourse.

      • skids003 - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        That’s the problem, dude. Do you think Feinstein, Pelosi, or Reid deal in actual real facts? Do you really want them to tell you what you can and can’t do? I don’t.

        • giantsninerswarriors - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM

          Do I want them telling me what to do? Not really, but I’m willing to live with it as long as it means that they will be telling nutjobs like you what to do as well.

          • skids003 - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:18 PM

            Do you realize how stupid what you just said was? I doubt it.

  2. trbowman - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    The whole “assault weapon” nonsense is pure politics. It has everything to do with cosmetics and nothing to do with ballistics. The AR-15 looks “scary” but it’s hardly what anyone who actually knows guns would call an “assault rifle.”