Unsettled by the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 12 other people, and chagrined that their own violent rhetoric may have contributed to the tragedy, the Pima County Arizona Republican Party has chosen to help fund their November get out the vote effort by raffling off a Glock, the same kind of gun used to blast a hole in Giffords' skull.

"Help Pima GOP get out the vote and maybe help yourself to a new Glock .40," a headline boasts in the party's monthly newsletter.

Tasteful and sensitive as always.

Pima County GOP chairman Mike Shaw defended the raffle, saying a gun "is no more responsible for those deaths and the congresswoman's injuries than a No. 2 pencil is responsible for cheating on a test."

Huh. I'll remember that the next time somebody kills six people and injures seven others with a pencil. Asshole.