Chicagoland Republicans holding gun raffle after Las Vegas shooting
By Andrew Shepperson
Promotional website for the Lake County Republicans 2nd Amendment Dinner and Gun Raffle. (Photo: LRC)
Lake County Republicans are holding a fundraiser Friday in which at least a dozen firearms will be raffled off to donors, with some criticizing the event’s organizers for moving forward after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history occurred earlier this month.
The 2nd Amendment Dinner and Gun Raffle will be held in the northwest Chicago suburb of Kildeer on Friday. An AR-15-style rifle will be given to those who fork over $2,000 for the event, while 12-gauge shotguns, 9mm handguns and other firearms will also be given away for lesser donations.
According to the organization’s website, the fundraiser’s mission goes as follows: “To protect and preserve America’s freedoms — foremost among these the 2nd Amendment — the affirmation of an individual’s God-given right to keep and bear arms. Our own personal self-defense, recreational sporting activities, and, of course, the necessary means to resist tyranny are among the reasons we so highly cherish this right.”
Organizer Mark Shaw, the Lake County GOP chairman, told the Chicago Tribune the event had been planned for quite some time and they would still be moving forward despite the Oct. 1 Las Vegas