- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Several pro-gun businesses have stepped up to help fund a Pennsylvania high school rifle team after the district voted to reject a nearly $5,000 grant from the National Rifle Association.

The Stroudsburg Area School Board on Monday voted against accepting an NRA grant of $4,730, for which members of the rifle team had applied in order to update their decades-old equipment.

Board member Alex Reincke called the grant “dirty money” and the NRA a “hateful, divisive group,” while board member Tameko Patterson called the grant “blood money.”

In response to the vote, Brian Winot, president of Northeast Site Contractors, launched a fundraiser for the school’s rifle team, raising a total of $6,750 before cutting off contributions and turning the money over to the district, The Morning Call reported.

“It is important to note, [the business owners] are all members of the NRA and strongly disagree with the school board’s decision and further attempt to politicize guns in this country, on the backs of our kids. Guns and hunting are part of the very fabric of the Pocono Community,” a press release said.

Meanwhile, a Gofundme campaign launched by Democratic state Rep. Maureen Madden had raised nearly $5,880 as of Wednesday afternoon.

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