Tea Party Holds Machine Gun Fundraiser For Conservative Candidates
Tea partiers in North Carolina are in hot water for holding a “machine gun social” to raise money for right wing candidates. Fundraiser attendees gathered on Saturday and fired machine guns in exchange for making $25 – $50 donations.
“Many attended included [sic] folks from SC, PA and FL and from across the state,” Asheville Tea Party/PAC Chair Jane Bilello wrote on Facebook. “Economically, it brought needed dollars to the area. It was done with experts, with the proper equipment, and in a safe location. And, above all, we exercised our second amendment rights to help Constitutionally conservative candidates, iCaucus endorsed, to get elected.”
“I believe in the many things that they are doing to try to keep America, ‘America’ with a capital ‘A,’” attendee Rick Gilgis told local affiliate WLOS. “They are patriotic and they want to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy, that our forefathers envisioned many years ago when they wrote that invaluable, timeless document, the U.S. Constitution.”
Some people who lived in the community where the social was held don’t believe that the tea party group thought the whole thing through, and that shooting machine guns isn’t the best way to raise money. One woman went so far as to say the tea partiers should join the U.S. Army if they want to shoot machine guns. But those who attended the “machine gun social” say they had a ball firing off rounds of ammo.
The tea party group says the money raised will be used for political advertising for candidates.
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