In a terribly insensitive effort to support the Orlando mass shooting victims, an Illinois gun shop is hosting a raffle with an AR-15 rifle as the grand prize.
The Second Amendment Sports gun store located in McHenry is selling $5 raffle tickets. The winning ticket, to be announced at the end of July, will receive an assault rifle as their prize — a very similar style, mind you, as the gun used to carry out the massacre.
While the irony is blatant, the store owners maintain that there’s no political motivation behind their raffle and claim that they only chose the AR-15 as the prize because of its popularity, Mic reports.
The owners, however, failed to address the fact that the gun’s “popularity” extends to killers as it’s been used in approximately 10 mass shootings in recent years.
Omar Mateen killed 49 innocent clubgoers and left 53 others wounded using a semi-automatic assault rifle in what has been deemed the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.
It’s unfathomable that this particular shop would truly believe that the victims and their families want more of these deadly weapons in civilians’ hands.
"I understand that there are different opinions out there," Vic Santi, the store's marketing director, said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "We don't look at this as a gun issue. We look at this as a terrorism issue."
The store is shamelessly slapping the victims in the face with this raffle and calling it “help.” They are using the Orlando shooting as a justification for sustaining the AR-15’s reputation as “America’s rifle” and capitalizing off of it.
"We're looking to support the victims, the families and the survivors of this act," Bert Irslinger Jr., one of the store owners reportedly said, "How we do that, is in our own way."
The owner also had the audacity to tell reporters that an AR-15 is “a normal product” and is “bought every day by Americans across the United States.”
He said this all in spite of the fact that the family of the weapon’s creator publicly stated that they were never meant to be used by civilians. The rifles were meant to be used only by military and yet anyone off the street can now own one and it’s considered “normal.”
As gun violence becomes more synonymous with American culture, this incident serves as a disturbing sneak peek into our future.