BELLEVUE, WA — The nationâ€™s gun owners are â€œgoing ballisticâ€ as the Nov. 5 elections loom, and they are focusing their attention on anti-gun Democrats, whose fingerprints are all over new proposals to further restrict gun rights in the wake of the notorious Beltway Sniper murder spree.
â€œFor months, Democrats have pretended to be the friends of Americaâ€™s 80 million gun owners, avoiding gun control as a campaign issue and trying to convince them that the party is not after their rights, or their hunting rifles,â€ said Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. â€œYet, no sooner had the Beltway Sniper started his rampage than have leading Democrats dropped the pretense and gone right back to their philosophical, anti-gun habits, exploiting the killings to further their cause.â€
High on the list of new gun control schemes is so-called â€œballistic fingerprinting,â€ a campaign being championed by anti-gun extremist Sen. Charles Schumer, and Schumerâ€™s â€œOur Lady of Peaceâ€ bill that purports to close alleged â€œloopholesâ€ in existing gun laws.
â€œChuck Schumer sees loopholes in any law that allows honest citizens to actually own a firearm,â€ Gottlieb stated. â€œIn Schumerâ€™s world, the Second Amendment is a loophole, and he sees no reason why American citizens might want firearms for self-defense and to protect their families.â€
As for the â€œballistic fingerprintingâ€ proposal â€“ a misnomer because the ballistic signature of a firearm created by tool markings in the steel can be changed intentionally, or through repeated use â€“ Gottlieb called it a â€œgun control Trojan Horseâ€ as currently pandered by its most ardent advocates.
â€œThe Citizens Committee, like other gun rights organizations and the Bush Administration, is not opposed to studying the potential effectiveness of ballistic imaging technology,â€ Gottlieb stated. â€œBut anti-gun Democrats are pushing this plan, not to solve crime, but essentially to create a de facto national gun registry, which could later be used to confiscate many types of firearms commonly used for personal protection and home security.
â€œI think you will see a big upswing of gun owners casting ballots because they realize Democrats have not been intellectually honest about their gun control agenda,â€ Gottlieb continued. â€œThey will remember this as they go to the polls Nov. 5.â€