Third-graders are selling raffle tickets for an AR-15 in Missouri

Elementary school kids in the Bible-Belt are selling tickets to raffle off an AR-15 for their traveling basketball team.

Three hours after the Florida shooting on Valentine’s Day, Lee Woodward, the principal of South Elementary School in Neosho Missouri, took to Facebook. Was her post a tone deaf ‘thoughtz-n-prayers’, was it a call plan for active shooter preparedness, was it a reassurance to parents in her school district, or was it even a heartfelt message to victims of the shooting? It was none of those.

Instead of empathy, instead of leadership, we see pure heartless opportunism. Principal Woodward posted a link to her Facebook page for a raffle for an AR-15. Yes three hours after 17 people were killed and 14 people were injured, Principal Woodward encouraged parents to purchase tickets to win the very same weapon used in the Florida shooting. You can’t teach class, emotions, taste or timing apparently.

The baseball coach in charge of the raffle seems to be equally foul. A flicker of a thought crossed his mind after the shooting that this might be a tasteless raffle. He considered finding a different weapon as a prize, but he quickly changed his mind when he saw an opportunity for PR after “getting the hate.” Really now, who can resist the opportunity to trigger the libs and make bank all at the same time.

After several posts on Facebook of people calling the image of an AR-15 aimed at the school logo “tone deaf“ the coach got in the fray saying, “gun raffles have been going on for years. Evil has and will always exist.” The coach originally called people critical of his bad decision a “hate group,” but later walked back those comments saying, “ I applaud them for standing up for what they believe in. I just think they have feelings… That are different then people around here do.“

I guess he means empathy feelings? Or respect feelings? Or waiting a few days after a mass shooting before firing off your AR-15 on Sunday at 7am while all your neighbors are sleeping feelings? Or maybe he just means understanding that 17 dead and 14 brutally injured highschoolers is not a good opportunity for PR for your f*ing little league gun raffle. #GunRightsPeopleWhoAreTooDumbToKnowWhenTheyUndetmineTheirOwnArgumentsThatTheyArentNuts

I’m pretty sick of having to explain to everybody that I know that even though I support the Second Amendment I think these types of people are heartless tasteless and crazy and they don’t represent me.

By Being Liberal contributor: Sarah Ficca

For more read, “Third-graders are selling AR-15 raffle tickets in Missouri” by Max Londburg for The Kansas City Star on Monday, February 19, 2018.