The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is a national organization that has been advocating for gun reform since 1974. Andrew Patrick, media director for the organization, said the gun raffle is an insult to people who lost their lives in mass shootings recently.
“In the last two weeks, we’ve seen these AR-15s and other similar types of weapons have been used to inflict incredible harm,” Patrick said.
Patrick cited the recent shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California, when a shooter opened fire. Three people were killed, including a 3-year-old boy.
“The weapon was firing for less than a minute,” Patrick said. “Raffling it off to help a children’s organization just speaks to the level of tone deafness that exists in the community.”
Patrick said the AR-15 is the most common weapon used in mass shootings. He cited the example of the shooter in Dayton, who used an AR-15-type rifle to shoot 26 people in less than 30 seconds.
“It’s used because it’s very effective at killing as many people in as short amount of time as possible,” Patrick said. “That’s a gun that should not be available to the general public.”
The main mission of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is to persuade politicians to implement evidence-based gun legislation.