When a local gun store in a Dayton suburb offered up a new Springfield Armory XDS to raffle off in support of a children's baseball team, some in the media and the community blew the story out of portion.
Huber Heights, Ohio (pop 38,000) is a quiet kinda place. Located just outside of the bustle of Dayton, it bills itself as "America's largest community of brick homes," and only began development in the 1950s. According to the town's wiki page, former Pittsburg Steeler Will Allen is from the city who, due to its proximity to I-70 and I-75, is attractive to shipping and freight companies. Located just over 3 hours from the Baseball Hall of Fame, the city has a strong youth baseball and softball organization.
Moreover, our story is about these kids.
"I said 'what are you raffling? He says a gun...I'm like, you're kidding," Huber Heights resident Annette Sand told local media. "Supporting teams is one thing. Supporting guns and selling guns for kids, no," she said.
What Sand was upset about was boys from the Brick City Blast baseball organization knocking on her door and offering her a shot at a fundraiser raffle ticket to help support the teams. For a $20 donation, she would have a chance at an XDS donated by a local gun store.
While the media outlet did advise that all local laws were being followed, and the kids did not have the gun in question with them, there was still a bit of outcry from some concerned anti-gunners.
To which Fox Shooting Loft, the generous area shop who donated the SA, was quick to apologize for hurt feelings, but stick to their guns.
"It was never our intention that the raffle tickets would be sold door-to-door, as it was a friends, family, and existing customer' marketed fundraiser. As always, safety is our number one priority. We are genuinely sorry for any concern that the execution of this fundraiser has caused, but will continue to contribute to our community and promote firearm safety," read a statement on the business's Facebook page advising that the lucky winner will have to complete a mandatory FBI NICS check and fill out the ATF-required paperwork to take possession of the firearm.
Most of the feedback on Fox's page was overwhelmingly supportive. Many asked where they could buy tickets at for the fundraiser. To this, the company advised that, while that particular raffle has come and gone, they are still in the business of supporting their community.
"We are running another raffle, where the tickets are only sold at the store; this raffle also benefits another youth baseball team. Come in and see us!" they posted.
And, that's how you win the battle with the anti-gunners and pearl clutchers, one smile at a time.
Thanks for what you do Fox Shooting Loft.