BELLEVUE, WA â€“ The Citizenâ€™s Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today issued a bristling response to Brady Campaign President Dan Gross, who insisted as he left the White House meeting with Vice President Joe Biden that the current push for more gun control â€œis not a debate around the Second Amendment.â€
â€œThe hell itâ€™s not,â€ CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb declared. â€œThe right to keep and bear arms is at the core of this anti-gun campaign, and Dan Gross knows it.â€
The Brady Campaign is one of several so-called â€œgun safetyâ€ organizations that have already met with Vice President Biden and his gun control task force. Gottlieb challenged that definition.
â€œThe Brady Campaign and other such organizations are all about gun prohibition, not safety,â€ he said. â€œTheyâ€™re not interested in safety when all they want is to disarm law-abiding Americans and taking the best means of self-defense away from crime victims while doing nothing to disarm criminals.
â€œThe White House calling the gun prohibition lobby a â€˜gun safetyâ€™ group is tantamount to suggesting that Ted Bundy was an advocate for battered women,â€ he said.
In comments to reporters, Gross insisted that â€œWords like â€˜comprehensiveâ€™ and â€˜broadâ€™ donâ€™t mean taking guns away from law-abiding citizens.â€
â€œThat statement is so demonstrably untrue itâ€™s ridiculous that he expects anyone to believe it,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œBanning an entire class of firearms based primarily on cosmetics is taking them away from people. Imposing extremist regulations on the exercise of a civil right amounts to taking that right away and treating gun ownership like a privilege.
â€œAmong gun prohibitionists,â€ he concluded, â€œthe definition of safety is disarmament. Sure theyâ€™re not debating â€˜around the Second Amendment,â€™ theyâ€™re trying to erode it and ultimately erase it from the Bill of Rights. Weâ€™re not going to let them get away with it.â€