MISSOURI CHILDREN SELLING RAFFLE TICKETS FOR AR-15 RIFLE

Some Neosho, Missouri, 7- to 9-year-olds are going door to door selling raffle tickets for AR-15s. The sales are part of a fundraiser supporting traveling baseball team. The team’s coach, Levi Patterson, says the idea of the raffle occurred before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead. The father of one of the team’s players was associated with a Neosho gun manufacturing company and offered the rifle to use in the raffle.  Even though Neosho, which is in the southwestern corner of Missouri, is steeped in the gun culture, the raffle quickly came under fire from community members who did not like the idea of children selling tickets for an AR-15 and because of the use of the logo of the Neosho School District, a wildcat, as part of the advertising. The school’s logo has not been copyrighted.  In social media postings, Patterson appears to be offended that anyone would question his decision to have the children selling raffle tickets for AR-15s, sending a message to anyone who was concerned and making sure that “concerned” was placed in quotation marks.


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