Florida shooting: Should US gun raffles be cancelled?

BBC News | 2/18/2018 | Staff
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Organisers of gun giveaway competitions in the US have come under pressure following the Florida school shooting that killed 17 on Wednesday.

Republican politicians in Maryland and Kansas went ahead with their gun giveaways, while a county sheriff in North Carolina cancelled his raffle.

Children - Baseball - Team - Decision - Fundraising

A children's baseball team defended its decision to continue with a fundraising effort, in which the winner will receive an AR-15 assault rifle.

That type of gun was used in Florida.

Gun - Costing - £3 - Ticket - Part

Gun sweepstakes - costing as little as $5 (£3.50) per ticket - are a part of life in some parts of the US, with the National Rifle Association having held raffles for decades.

Organisers have hit back at the online criticism, saying their fundraising events were planned months ago.

Teens - Again

American teens demand 'Never Again'

An ardent supporter of the second amendment - giving Americans the right to bear arms - Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Penman in Maryland went ahead with his "gun/cash bingo" event on Saturday.

Protestors - Vigil - Jarrettsville - Venue - Names

Protestors held a vigil outside the Jarrettsville venue, reading the names and sharing stories of mass shooting victims, according to the Baltimore Sun.

One of the prizes was an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, dubbed 'America's most popular rifle' by the NRA.

Type - Weapon - Days - School - Parkland

It was this type of weapon which was used just days before at the high school in Parkland, Florida, where students and staff lost their lives.

Mr Penman, who is running for a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates, told Fox News that his event "was months in the planning" and his event's Facebook post said the winner would have to pass a background check.

Criticism - Missouri - Baseball - Team - Children

Despite mounting criticism, a Missouri baseball team for children aged nine or younger is also selling raffle tickets for an AR-15, which was donated by a parent.

Coach Levi Patterson told the Kansas City Star he planned to continue with the fundraising activity, saying no child would...
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