LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Almost 200 Tippecanoe County Republicans gathered for some conversation and to raise a little money Thursday.
It was the annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Best Western Conference Center.
U.S. Representative Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) served as the keynote speaker for the evening and warned those gathered about the escalating national debt.
Organizers say this is the biggest fundraiser event of the year and raises several thousand dollars, but it's more about getting people together.
The dinner also raised some money for two charities for wounded soldiers.
"I think what's really great about this year is that it's an off-election year and we have an outstanding crowd. We have a crowd that is almost as good as the three other years of the four that we have an election," says Tippecanoe Co. Republican Party Chair Dave Heath.
"It's great to be back here in Tippecanoe County. It's great to be back in front of the Republicans. It's a very strong group. They are dedicated public servants," adds Rokita.
Rokita, along with the rest of Congress, is due back from Easter recess next week.
One of the topics expected to be taken up in the Senate is gun control legislation.
The Connecticut governor signed major legislation Thursday that expands an assault weapons ban, requires a universal background check on all gun sales and bans magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
Rokita says he doesn't want to destroy the Second Amendment any further and that current proposals in Congress wouldn't keep massacres like Newtown from happening.
"I don't think it would have. Killings would have still occurred. We have a God-given right to defend ourselves, from each other, from our government. That God-given right is manifested in the Constitution," says Rokita.
Rokita adds that he believes the Second Amendment was created to protect ourselves from ourselves.
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