Jack Kimball, chairman of Granite State Patriots and organizer of a rally outside the New Hampshire statehouse last month opposing gun control, said it angers him that people are using Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings to bash the New Hampshire chiefs.
‘‘It’s hysteria that doesn’t belong here,’’ said Kimball. ‘‘They shouldn’t wavier. They should have the raffle.’’
The gun raffle is the first held by the chiefs association and could be the last if Robert Sprague gets his way.
The marketing consultant wrote Donovan 31 emails — one for every gun being raffled — before he finally heard back. Although he couldn’t stop this year’s raffle, Sprague said Donovan seemed open to his offer of help to promote a different kind of fundraiser next year.
‘‘I feel we've made some progress, and that’s better than no progress,’’ Sprague said. ‘‘I just don’t think peace officers should be putting guns on the streets.’’
Sprague discussed his concerns on WNHN radio, which began its own fundraising campaign to try to raise $30,000 for the cadet academy so the association wouldn’t have to raffle the guns.
‘‘If we aren’t successful, we’re going to donate the money to organizations that serve victims of gun violence,’’ station manager Brian Beihl said.
Any ticket holders disappointed at not winning a firearm in the chiefs association drawing might consider buying a ticket for the Cheshire County Shooting Sports Education Foundation raffle. It’s giving away a gun a day in June.