A minor-league baseball team in Alabama promises that its special July 3 promotion will be “filled with patriotism, fun, food, and firepower!”
The Huntsville Stars really mean that part about “firepower.”
On “Second Amendment Night,” they’ll be selling raffle tickets for a gun give-away. No actual guns will exchange hands at the game because those aren’t allowed at the ol’ ballpark. Instead, there’ll be a raffle with winners “getting certificates redeemable” at Larry’s Pistol and Pawn Shop, the team says. Guns shown on the team’s Facebook timeline are a Ruger American with a scope, a Ruger 22-45 MKII or a Ruger 10-22 TD.
“And since everybody’s buying guns hand over fist and Larry’s Pistol and Pawn wants to get involved in some sponsorships … we’re having a Second Amendment night to talk about things,” Buck Rogers, the team’s general manager, told al.com’s Paul Gattis. “It’s an educational night. No guns coming to the game. Nobody is giving away guns.”
The Stars, the Milwaukee Brewers’ Double-A affiliate, will also allow fans with NRA membership cards in for free.
“Our approach on our Fourth of July show, we’re going to do a night talking about the Constitution,” Rogers said. “We’re handing out copies of the Declaration of Independence to all the fans coming into the game and making it a patriotic salute.
“One of the hot button issues right now is the Second Amendment that everybody’s running from. We’re not touching base on First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, abortion or any of that type of stuff. A lot of stuff makes people uncomfortable.
“Maybe it’s time Americans basically said, ‘Hey, what’s going on? What’s wrong with this? Day in and day out, people’s rights are being taken away. The government is spying. We’ve got phone companies selling our information — the whole nine yards.”