Congress candidate puts bang in campaign

CUMBERLAND COUNTY Tim D'Annunzio - a former paratrooper - is a 30 year Raeford resident and conservative Republican running for the 8th District Congress seat currently held by Representative Larry Kissel.

Thursday night he held a fundraiser in Fayetteville at Jim's Guns. For a $25 donation, participants shot off MP-5s and Uzis. They also got a Carolina bar-b-que plate and sweet tea.

"It was awesome, it was great," Raeford resident Denyse Leake said.

More than 50 people showed up and registered for door prizes, which included an AR-15 machine gun.

"They are as fired up as they can be and as fired up as I've ever seen them," D'Annunzio said.

But critics took aim at the unique fundraiser.

Wendy Michener with Fayetteville Peace with Justice says more often than not, guns kill and Thursday's fundraiser was a political ploy sending a dangerous message.

"It indicates how little that we have thought about it, that this would be considered acceptable entertainment," she said.

However, not everyone feels the same.

"Well its fun, it's a very nice way, obviously he has a lot of military background," Fayetteville resident Gary Garison said.

"As long as you know how to use a gun and you are aware of how to use one I think it's okay," Raeford resident Denyse Leake said. "Some people don't need them."

And D'Annunzio also weighed in on Michener's concerns.

"They need to use their intellect and think about what they're saying and not just deal on emotion," he said. "They've got preconceived ideas about the second amendment and people who own weapons and it's their misconception."

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