BELLEVUE, WA â€“ President Obama was absolutely correct when he told NBCâ€™s â€œMeet the Pressâ€ Sunday that â€œthere will be resistanceâ€ to his extremist proposal to ban the most commonly-owned and popular rifles in America, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
â€œWe will be on the front lines of that resistance,â€ vowed CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.
The president gave an exclusive interview to â€œMeet the Pressâ€ during which he said that he will put his â€œfull weightâ€ behind the gun ban effort, and that he would like to accomplish this ban during the first year of his second term, meaning sometime in 2013. Mr. Obama also said he will â€œcall all the stakeholders together.â€
â€œWeâ€™re still waiting for his telephone call,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œHe has insisted that he will talk to anybody. If the discussion is all about penalizing honest gun owners, banning guns and eroding the Second Amendment, itâ€™s going to be an awfully short conversation.â€
Fears of a looming gun ban have caused sales of modern sporting rifles and standard capacity magazines to skyrocket.
â€œThe guns that President Obama and Capitol Hill gun grabbers donâ€™t want the people to have,â€ Gottlieb observed, â€œare the ones people are buying by the bushel. Criminals wonâ€™t turn them in, so why should law-abiding gun owners be expected to do that?
â€œMr. Obama admitted that he has historically supported banning semi-autos and magazines,â€ he noted. â€œHis philosophy is to focus on an object when we should focus on perpetrators and the horrible pattern of violence that has resulted from the creation of so-called â€˜gun-freeâ€™ zones. Gun-free zones and gun bans only disarm victims and create risk-free conditions for criminals and crazies.
â€œYou cannot have an honest discussion about violence without addressing conditions that make it easy for criminals,â€ Gottlieb concluded. â€œYou canâ€™t keep people truly safe by giving them the illusion of safety. You do not stop criminals by penalizing law-abiding citizens and demonizing their firearms.â€