BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Thursdayâ€™s strict party-line vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to move anti-gun Sen. Dianne Feinsteinâ€™s measure banning so-called â€œassault weaponsâ€ was an insult to millions of law-abiding American citizens who own such firearms and have harmed nobody, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.
â€œInstead of banning the most popular firearm in the country,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, â€œwe need to ban politicians who assault our rights. We are appalled and disappointed that Sen. Feinstein and her cronies have advanced this measure, which demonizes firearms that are used thousands of times each year to protect lives and property from criminal attack.â€
Gottlieb noted that FBI crime data says that rifles of any kind are used in only a fraction of violent crimes annually, â€œyet Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have allowed this legislative travesty to move forward.â€
â€œDemonizing certain firearms, and by default the people who own them, has become a scapegoat strategy by politicians who have allowed a broken justice system to release violent offenders back on the street while disarming their potential victims,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œBy focusing their energy on disarming law-abiding citizens, politicians like Sen. Feinstein are perpetuating a myth that firearms cause crime. Thatâ€™s as foolish as believing that cars cause drunk driving.â€
Sen. Feinstein acknowledged that her legislation faces an uphill battle when it reaches the full Senate.
â€œWe will encourage our members to contact their senators about this legislation,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œPublic policy and constitutional rights should not be subject to the whims of gun prohibitionists who are quick to exploit the crimes committed by a few crazy people, in order to advance their agenda of public disarmament.â€