There is growing backlash after a gun shop in suburban Chicago announced that they plan to raffle off an AR-15 rifle to help benefit the victims of the Orlando mass shooting. The owners of Second Amendment Sports say they are doing it to stand by Americans and against terrorism.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the proceeds from the $5 raffle will go to the OneOrlando Fund, and the winner will be announced in July. The owner told the newspaper he plans to contribute $2,000 to all money raised.
“I understand that there are different opinions out there,” Vic Santi, the store’s marketing director told the Chicago Tribune. “We don’t look at this as a gun issue. We look at this as a terrorism issue.”
The mass shooting in Florida has not dampened the nation’s appetite for large weapons like the AR-15. In fact, many stores report a surge in demand.
“These guns are weapons of war, meant to kill large numbers of people in a short time, which is what happened in Orlando. I find it very distasteful and offensive,” Colleen Dalley, executive director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence told the Tribune.
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