Libs Get Pro-Anthem T-Shirt Fundraiser Canceled; But Epic Gun Raffle Springs Up


When a high school in Georgia held a fundraiser selling pro-national anthem T-shirts, liberals managed to get it shut down. For them, that probably counted as a pretty big win, at least locally.

So, imagine their dismay when they discovered that guns were being raffled off to help athletic teams at the very same high school.

The Associated Press reported that several former students of Dodge County High School in Eastman, Georgia, are furious that 30 firearms were raffled last month in support of the school’s soccer program. (And just think, they say conservatives loathe what soccer fans call “the beautiful game.” Why, we’re even willing to help fund local teams, so long as the Second Amendment is involved!)

Two alumnae of Dodge County High School, Crystal Velasquez and Lena Smith Nations, went on record as being strongly against it.

“I was kind of bothered by it, the audacity of it all, especially in this day and age,” Nations said, according to the AP.

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Yes, the audacity of celebrating our constitutional rights, in this day and age. Oh, the humanity.

The AP reported that Dodge County High School isn’t any stranger to controversy involving activists. Last spring, a cheerleader booster group from the school came under fire for selling shirts critical of NFL anthem protesters, emblazoned with the slogan: “In Dodge County we stand for the flag, kneel for the cross. That’s Indian pride.”

“Dodge County school superintendent Michael Ward said the booster group voluntarily stopped selling the shirts after an outcry on social media and political backlash over debate stemming from NFL players kneeling during the national anthem,” the AP reported.

“We’re the so-called liberals speaking out about a T-shirt so, of course, I’m going to speak out,” Velasquez said, according to the AP. “It is so many guns at one time.”

Would you have bought a ticket for this raffle?

This time, however, the raffle was being run by an outside group, so the school doesn’t have any control over it. The raffle involved 1,000 tickets being sold for $30 each. Each ticket had three numbers and winners would be determined by the Georgia Pick 3 numbers each night in September. Winners could even upgrade the weapon at local firearm retailer M&M Gun and Pawn if they wanted something a little fancier.

Raffle winners must pass a background check, as per Georgia law.

While liberal alumnae may be protesting, one of the organizers of the raffle says he’s gotten positive feedback over the raffle.

The purpose of the fundraiser was “(t)rying to raise money to help with uniforms and feed kids on out-of-town trips, something beyond peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and work on the practice fields,” organizer David Bush, who has two children in the soccer program at Dodge County High School, said, accoridng to the AP.

“It seems to be a positive thing, the folks I talked to.”

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And even the superintendent, who stopped the pro-anthem T-shirt fundraiser, remembered a different high school experience.

“Ward, who is in his first year as superintendent of Dodge County schools, said most school systems do not have a policy to deal with the actions of outside groups. He said rifles were left on racks in students’ cars in the parking lot when he was a teen,” the AP reported.

“Things have definitely changed since I went to high school,” Ward said, according to the AP.

Not necessarily, Superintendent Ward. What’s changed is how much noise gun-grabbing organizations are willing to make.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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