The Milwaukee Brewers Double-A affiliate, the Huntsville Stars, are planning a promotional night featuring ‘fun, food, and firepower’ on July 3. The unique ‘2nd Amendment Night’ will feature gun related prizes and giveaways in a celebration of the Fourth of July.
Sponsored by local gun store Larry’s Pistol and Pawn, the event will be free to all members of the NRA and will see three rifles will be given away to fans at Joe Davis Stadium. Raffles and other prizes will be up for grabs as well. No guns will be allowed in the stadium however.
Because the issue of guns and gun rights has taken center stage recently, it stands to reason that such a promotion will generate mixed reviews. The teams Twitter page has taken heat for the promotion, and the team has had to clarify its plans as a result. The gun giveaways aren’t giveaways according to the team, although what else they would be is unclear. Winners will have to claim there guns at Larry’s Pistol and Pawn after the game.
General Manager of the Brewers affiliate Buck Rogers explained the teams intentions for their night of ‘fun, food, and firepower. “Since everybody’s buying guns hand over fist and Larry’s Pistol and Pawn wants to get involved in some sponsorships and they had a line out there a mile long (to buy guns). We’re having a Second Amendment night to talk about things anyway. It’s an educational night. No guns coming to the game. Nobody is giving away guns….. 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.”
As the team’s Fourth of July event, Rogers furthered his case by explaining that: “Our approach on our Fourth of July show, we’re going to do a night talking about the Constitution. We’re handing out copies of the Declaration of Independence to all the fans coming into the game and making it a patriotic salute.”
Estimated attendance for the game is 8,000.
Patriotic and controversial, the Brewers affiliate should have no issue selling out their night of ‘food, fun, and firepower’ while celebrating America and its favorite pastime on July 3.
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