The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) slammed the gun prohibition lobby this week for ignoring armed self-defense incidents.
Alan Gottlieb, CCRKBA Chairman, cites a recent case where a Georgia man shot an Ohio murder suspect during a Fayette County home invasion.
“Such incidents provide proof that guns are used effectively by private citizens in self-defense situations, which the gun prohibition lobby repeatedly argues is a rarity,” said Gottlieb.
Research suggests that armed citizens use firearms in self-defense up to 1.7 million times a year.
“The gun ban lobby doesn’t want the public to know this,” he added, “which should raise questions about what else they are hiding.”
Michael James Brooks II, the Ohio suspect, was linked to a stabbing in Columbus and a carjacking. The stolen car was found at the Georgia shooting scene.
Gottlieb also highlights a perceived leniency from gun prohibitionists towards criminal suspects. This approach, he believes, encourages criminality.
“Gun prohibitionists tend to favor leniency toward criminal suspects,” Gottlieb observed, “which only encourages more violent behavior when criminals figure out the legal system isn’t going to hold them accountable. Anti-gunners are quick to demand more gun controls to penalize law-abiding citizens every time some criminal misuses a firearm, rather than placing the blame solely on the perpetrator.”
Recalling incidents where armed citizens intervened, like stopping a Texas church shooting in 2019 or the Indiana mall shooter last year, Gottlieb questioned the lobby’s silence.
“When Elisjsha Dicken heroically killed a would-be mass shooter at a shopping mall in Indiana last year,” Gottlieb recalled, “the gun ban crowd was totally silent. Likewise, when armed citizens stopped a Texas church shooting in 2019, we heard nothing from anti-gunners.”
“This scenario is repeated every time a private citizen acts legally and decisively in a life-threatening situation. After all, the gun prohibition lobby likes to justify every one of their extremist schemes by saying ‘if it saves just one life, it’s worth it.’ That logic runs both ways. If armed self-defense or intervention saves just one life, isn’t that also worthwhile? We’ll wait for an answer,” he concluded