3rd-Graders In Extremely Hot Water Over Their Baseball Team’s Gun Fundraiser

Joe Welkie
Missouri third-graders are raffling off an AR-15 to raise funds for their baseball team
(Photo: More Claremore)

Guns and children are never a good combination. It’s irresponsible and downright wrong in the eyes of most people. But if you are in the town of Neosho, Missouri, it apparently isn’t that bad. Missouri third-graders are raffling off an AR-15 to raise funds for their baseball team, and it has stirred up an enormous amount of controversy, and rightfully so.

Missouri third-graders are raffling off an AR-15 to raise funds for their baseball team

The school children are raffling off a gun that is similar to the one that was used in the Florida school shooting that claimed the lives of 17 people last week. But apparently that isn’t an issue with the organizers of this raffle.

Levi Patterson, the coach of the team, received the donated AR-15 gun from the founder of Black Rain Ordnance Inc., for the raffle. Even after the mass shooting, he decided to stick with the raffle prize because he thought it would, and I quote, “turn it into a positive thing.”

Here is the flyer for the raffle, folks…

Missouri third-graders are raffling off an AR-15 to raise funds for their baseball team

Patterson received a lot of “hate” for this raffle, but it hasn’t changed his mind on the whole affair. “I applaud them for standing up for what they believe in. I just think they have feelings to this specific type of gun (that are) different than people around here do,” he said.

Missouri third-graders are raffling off an AR-15 to raise funds for their baseball team

Apparently the raffle tickets have been selling like hotcakes since the controversy first became public. Just goes to show that certain people have different priorities in life.

That hasn’t stopped people from voicing their opinions on Facebook. One user had this to say, “AR15 kills seventeen so you raffle a gun for child sports? Lord, people wake the hell up.”

Missouri third-graders are raffling off an AR-15 to raise funds for their baseball team

What do you think should be done about this raffle? Should it continue? Or do you think it should be canceled due to recent events? It seems like a very hot topic to discuss and everyone has a different opinion on the subject.

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