ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – There are some upset people in one New Mexico city after a fundraiser for the United Way was shut down because the well-known charity wanted to raffle off guns.
“As Americans of freedom and liberty we have to remember we only have the rights that we stand up for,” said Kerry Maupin, local business owner.
The United Way of Otero County received a letter from United Way World telling them to cease and desist with their fundraiser that would raffle off 108 firearms.
“This is an agenda and I don’t believe that someone’s a non-profit like the United Way should be pushing an agenda, and we all know this is an agenda,” said Maupin.
For $50, people could buy a calendar and be entered into a raffle to win one of the many gun the local United Way chapter had already purchased.
In the letter, United Way World says the fundraiser is not compatible with the United Way’s mission and vision.
KRQE News 13 asked people around Otero County what they thought and overwhelmingly heard outrage that the raffle was off.
“To say that you know a few people that a certain way, that obviously don’t like guns, think they are a problem to this county that that should apply to everybody, it bothers me deeply,” said Mike Tekell, Alamogordo resident.
New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence is the group that informed United Way World about the raffle.
They say putting more guns on the street is not the right way to raise money for a program that promotes community values.
“There seems to be a disconnect between their mission and their fundraising tactics. The very items that they are choosing to raffle will go back into the communities already hurt by gun violence against women and children,” said Miranda Viscoli, Co-President of the organization.
In a statement, the United Way of Otero County says it’s working with United Way Worldwide to sooth their concerns about this idea for a fundraiser.