While House Democrats staged a sit-in to demand new gun control measures, the head of a large national gun rights organization declared that the party “no longer represents the ideals of a free society.”
Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said these lawmakers clearly define by their actions how far the party has strayed from the ideals of liberty their predecessors stood for.
“Democrats in the 1960s used sit-ins to expand Constitutional rights,” CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb recalled. “But today, they are using a sit-in to restrict those same civil rights.”
He chastised Democrats who are participating in the sit-in, which critics are calling a publicity stunt. Democrats want to turn this into a November campaign issue, but Gottlieb warned that the American public is frustrated with Congress’ inability to deal with the terrorist threat, and this doesn’t help.
While Democrats claim they symbolize that frustration, Gottlieb said, “What they’re really symbolizing is the fact that they have been sitting down on the job rather than addressing the genuine threat of worldwide terrorism that has once again erupted in this country while Democrat Barack Obama sits in the Oval Office.”
“Instead of demanding direct action against dangerous Islamic extremists,” he continued, “they’re distracting the public by pushing gun control measures that they know would not have prevented Orlando, Boston or San Bernardino. But it creates the deceptive impression that they are doing something, when in fact they are doing less than nothing by trying to penalize the wrong people.”
Appalling to many Washington State gun owners was the fact that Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee, a former congressman, was at the Capitol Wednesday and joined his former colleagues on the House floor, tweeting a photo of the occasion. Many of those gun owners are weighing in with comments at the Seattle Times.
“This is an insult to many of us that participated in sit-in demonstrations to extend civil rights a generation ago,” Gottlieb said. “Many of us were armed to protect participants from the Ku Klux Klan and other bigots. We were also armed with the facts, something that today’s gun prohibitionists know little about. This demonstration is a disgrace, but today’s crop of Democrats don’t seem to care.”
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