I have missed a lot of opportunities offered by the Asheville Tea Party PAC. I missed the September 29 "Machine Gun Social." This fund raiser offered the opportunity for interested people to pay for the privilege of shooting assault weapons here in Transylvania County. For a contribution of only $25 dollars, participants could shoot a 30-round clip from an UZI. If you ponied up $35, you could shoot a 30-round clip with an AK47. A contribution of $50 put you behind the stock of an M16 loaded with a 30-round clip.
On December 20 (the week following the Sandy Hook school shootings), the Asheville Tea Party PAC held a gun raffle for an assault weapon similar to the one used in the school attack. It included a carrying case and two 30-round ammunition clips.
Saturday, January 19, 2013 has been declared "Gun Appreciation Day" and all citizens are encouraged to patronize local gun shops and gun shows and buy a gun and ammunition. The Asheville PAC will again hold a gun raffle and is celebrating the day at a shooting range here in Brevard. It is of note that apparently an American flag will send a message to Congress. An American flag? That is a symbol of support for ownership of assault rifles with 30-round magazines? Really?
Once again the social will include a raffle, this time for two weapons with 30-round magazines. The Asheville Tea Party makes no apology for providing these weapons so soon after the Newtown massacre. Chairwoman Jane Bilello says that gun-free zones and gun control "don't work." She further added that "One reason we are doing this is those kids were sitting ducks. No one was there to meet him with deadly force and he shot his way in the school."
Once again, Tea Party I must decline your invitation to the gun social. Yes, I do indeed support the Constitution. And that definitely includes the Second Amendment. But I do not believe there is any reason for anyone to be able to own a weapon that will shoot thirty rounds of ammunition in fewer than 30 seconds. And I don't want our teachers packing heat either.
[NOTE: I did not label this post as "politics." I do not understand how this issue became "political." Well, unless you look at the tremendous contributions the National Rifle Association and weapons manufacturers gave to one political party and their PACs.]