CAST YOUR VOTE, PROTECT YOUR GUN RIGHTS, SAYS CCRKBA

Friday, October 29th, 2004

In just a few days, the future of American gun rights will be decided at voting booths across the country, and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today urged all gun owners to “take the necessary hour and vote to protect your gun rights.”

“It’s not only a question of who will occupy the Oval Office for the next four years,” observed CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “but who will sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, who may be appointed to federal appeals courts, and who will guide the legislative agenda. These are critical considerations, because what happens in the next four years will not only impact your gun rights, but those of your children, and their children.”

Gottlieb noted that the next president will be appointing probably one or more new Supreme Court justices, and more federal court judges.

“Do gun owners want those appointments to hinge on whether a judicial nominee supports individual rights, or is an activist subscribing to some ‘collective rights’ theory that will erase more than 200 years of liberty,” Gottlieb questioned. “Does the firearms community want leaders who think supporting the Second Amendment means showing up for a photo-op goose hunt, or leaders who support individual rights, sign concealed carry laws, and rein in government agencies?

“Firearms rights activists should take this final weekend before the election to talk to their shooting and hunting friends and family members, and make sure they get to the polls,” Gottlieb continued. “Don’t be gulled into thinking that your vote doesn’t count, or that your voice will not be heard. Those who would discourage you from going to the polls are effectively trying to steal your vote. And the only reason they want to steal your vote is so that later on, they can pass laws to steal your gun rights.

“America does stand at a crossroads,” Gottlieb concluded. “Down one path, lies a nation where gun rights are something to be eroded until they are erased. Down the other path is an America where gun rights can one day again flourish, and where the Second Amendment can resume its rightful position as the original Homeland Security clause of our Constitution. Gun owners hold the future of America in their hands, and in their votes.”