You have to hand it to minor league baseball. When it comes with an idea for a promotion—and when it's done properly—everyone takes notice.
Last month, the Florence Freedom of the Independent Frontier League held a Manti Te'o girlfriend bobblehead giveaway. The club took advantage of the bizarre story involving Notre Dame Heisman Trophy candidate Manti Te'o and the alleged catfishing scam he was involved in.
The Second Amendment states, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Stars GM Buck Rogers spoke to Paul Gattis of AL.com and gave his thoughts as to why he is moving forward with such a promotion:
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.
The club has verified that it is not actually giving away free guns during the promotion, but those in attendance will have a chance to win one of three guns from Larry's Pistol and Pawn. Those who have NRA membership gain free admission to the game. The prizes available are:
Ruger American with a scope
Ruger 22-45 MKII
With the news that former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez has recently been brought up on murder charges concerning an execution-style shooting, this promotion might not be the right thing to do at this time.
Rogers continued to say that they are expecting a big crowd that night, somewhere in the area of 8,000—hence bag checks and an increased police presence.
Whether or not a political point of view is necessary in sporting events, everyone is entitled to free speech, but just remember when the London Rippers were getting lambasted for a cartoon logo.
According to Fox Sports, the Stars said the night will be filled with patriotism, fun, food and firepower. Controversy drums up attendance, and you can bet the Stars will have a sold out crowd that night.