Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, raised a very interesting question in the wake of the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.
“Over the weekend,” said Gottlieb, “Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety was quick to push its gun control agenda, and the Alliance for Gun Responsibility was asking for donations to ‘take a stand…against the gun lobby.’ When was the last time either of these groups demanded swift justice and certainty of punishment for the actual perpetrators?
“Time after time, with endless fundraising appeals and inflammatory rhetoric, we’ve seen these anti-rights lobbying groups immediately try to shift blame to the NRA, or the Second Amendment, or the firearms industry, or some mythical loophole in the law,” he continued. “But they never seem to point their fingers at the culprit, and we think it’s time for the American public to ask why?”
It’s true. It seems like gun-grabbers are all too happy to shift blame from the guilty party to the gun lobby, gun owners, and gun makers. By doing so, Gottlieb argued, “these lobbying groups have created a very strong impression that they’re not really interested in punishing criminals, but only in penalizing honest firearms owners for crimes they didn’t commit.”
“Time and again,” he stated, “we’ve heard these groups demand a national dialogue on guns. But how do you have a rational discussion with people or groups that repeatedly demonstrate that they cannot tell the difference between the bad guys and the good guys?
“They are so preoccupied with demonizing gun owners and eroding the Second Amendment that they have either lost sight of the goal of taking dangerous or deranged criminals off the street, or that was never their intention in the first place,” Gottlieb said. “If all they can do is blame innocent citizens while diverting attention from murderous monsters, then it is time to ask these people just whose side they are on.”
I would love for someone from the anti-gun lobby to address Gottlieb’s question. Not going to hold my breath, though. Because answering that question would be like trying to explain why one faults auto owners, automakers and the auto lobby for the misdeeds of a drunk driver. Only with guns do they blame everyone but the responsible party.
About Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (www.ccrkba.org) is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.