BELLEVUE, WA â€“ â€œIf politicians want universal background checks, we should start with them,â€ said Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
He pointed to recent political scandals in the New York Legislature, which just passed a new restrictive gun control law, where a state senator and state assemblyman were arrested last week, as â€œone small example.â€
â€œBut look at politics in recent years,â€ Gottlieb observed. â€œFrom state and federal scandals, to arrests involving several members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, we have had example after embarrassing example of public officials being charged with violating various laws. Does anyone think former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who had to quit his post over a lewd e-mail scandal, should clear a mental health screening to buy a gun?
â€œIf you compare percentages,â€ he continued, â€œthe rate of criminal activity by politicians is probably far higher than the rate of crimes committed by the general public.
â€œWhat this underscores,â€ he said, â€œis the reason gun laws donâ€™t work and never will. People who make the laws we have to live under break them anyway, just like criminals routinely disobey gun laws. Based on their own experience, politicians should know that the gun laws they pass will not prevent crime.â€
Gottlieb pointed to crooks like former Louisiana Congressman Bill Jefferson, sent to prison after authorities found $90,000 in his freezer during an investigation. He cited former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, now in prison for racketeering and extortion.
â€œIt is both sad and disgraceful that the list goes on and on,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œThere are politicians with domestic violence problems, others who accepted bribes, some who stole money or were involved in other criminal acts.
â€œNo wonder citizens are disgusted with politicians and donâ€™t trust them,â€ he concluded, adding tongue-in-cheek, â€œAnd these people want to know why thereâ€™s a run on guns and ammunition?â€