North Dakota rifle raffle raises money for youth hockey and eyebrows
Want to get your hands on a semi-automatic rifle while supporting a good cause? Buy some tickets for the West Fargo Hockey Association's rifle!
The rifle hopes to raise nearly $100,000 for youth hockey while allowing winners to choose from 200 firearms, including rifles, shotguns, and muzzleloaders. In fairness, if none of those entice you, winners can opt for credit at Scheels sporting goods instead.
Mike Prochnow, a member of the West Fargo Hockey Board and the organizer of the raffle, told WDAY: "I knew it was going to blow up, but I didn't think it would blow up to this magnitude. We've gotten calls from CNN, CBS radio, we're in Sports Illustrated."
One West Fargo resident quoted in the WDAY report says that in the light of the Newtown school shooting, "Maybe the organization should've considered the timing of their giant gun raffle."
Others, however, argue that too much is being made out of the hockey association's second-annual gun rifle, as firearm ownership is an integral part of the North Dakota lifestyle.
Raffle tickets are going fast -- WDAY reports that roughly 3,600 have already been sold, with only 400 remaining. Gift baskets, presumably, wouldn't have been such hot items.
This isn't the first time in January that a story involving guns and youth has stirred controversy in the Upper Midwest -- earlier this month, the Indianhead Rifle and Pistol Club in Spooner, Wisconsin, announced it wants to hold its April gun show at the local elementary school.
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