A kindergarten and first grade football time in Morrow, Ohio is holding a gun raffle to raise travel money for tournaments. They've already sold 500 tickets. The winners, 21 years or older, will receive either a handgun or HM Guardian F5 Elite. Apparently, gun raffles to support kids sports and schools
isn't uncommon. From WLWT:
Gina Pennycuff is a mother and a substitute teacher. She happened to be working when she got a Facebook message about the gun raffle.
"It was disturbing to me because gun raffles for a youth organization just doesn't mix," she said.
She shared the flyer on Facebook and the comment section took off, some in favor and some opposed...
"I can't imagine being a parent of a kindergartener and them worrying and doing lockdown drills, but them also knowing they're raffling off guns," she said.
"Youth football team gun raffle sparks debate" (Thanks, Charles Pescovitz!)
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