March 26, 2013 at 6:12 AM
Little League includes AR-15 assault rifle in raffle
The wrong message for young athletes
I nearly fell out of my chair when I read Sideline Chatter on Wed. March 20th [“For $20, you have a real shot,” Sports], which related the news that an Illinois Little League is selling an AR-15 assault-style rifle as a fundraiser.
What on Earth does an assault rifle, which is all about killing people, have to do with Little League?
I could understand raffling off an autographed baseball. That would relate to Little League in a direct and fun way. Or how about an all expense paid trip to watch the Chicago Cubs play? That would surely inspire a great father/son or father/daughter trip!
But an assault rifle after what happened at Sandy Hook? What kind of message does that send young kids playing baseball? Is anyone paying attention? Are we so brain-dead that we cannot understand the idiocy of this?
Words cannot express my incredulity, my disappointment with human beings, my disgust with the gun nuts who are ruining this country by flooding it with ever more guns, guns and more guns.
–Richard P. Ryburn, Seattle
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