Talk about sending out invitations to the hostile press to chastise you. One Oregon county GOP group is doing just that:

The Multnomah County Republican Party announced Monday plans to raffle off an AR-15 assault-style rifle to celebrate slain American icons Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.

The press release from the county party read:

Multnomah Country Republicans recognize the incredible time of year we are in. In successive months to start the year, we celebrate the legacy of two great Republicans who demonstrated leadership and courage that all of us still lean on today: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. In celebrating these two men, and the denial of the rights they fought so hard against, the Multnomah County Republican Party announces that we have started our third raffle for an AR-15 rifle (or handgun of the winner’s choice). . .

Do they not get the irony that a whole lot of others will? Do they not understand that while their intentions might be good, the way they are going about it is guaranteed to draw criticism from the press, from Democrats, from anti-gun groups, from just about any thinking person with the briefest knowledge of history? Lincoln and King were assassinated by guns. Common sense would dictate that you not “honor” their memories by raffling off a gun. Aside from the unpleasant irony, it’s what we in the marketing world call, “bad optics.”

*Sigh* For many-a-year now the Republicans have proven expert at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.