BELLEVUE, WA-Final rejection of a heavily-amended gun lawsuit liability protection bill by the U.S. Senate today was hailed by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, which had called on the Senate to kill the measure after weighing it down with restrictive anti-gun amendments.
“Anti-gunners tried to hijack the train,” quipped CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “and we hijacked it back.”
The Senate’s 90-8 final vote to defeat the poisoned bill came after unacceptable amendments were added that would have extended a ban on semi-automatic sport-utility rifles for ten more years, and placed such onerous restrictions on perfectly legal gun shows that many such events would have been literally put out of business. That was simply not acceptable, Gottlieb said.
He noted that debate on this measure, and the attempted amendments, stripped away over the period of one week a facade that anti-gun Democrats have been laboring for more than two years to create.
“While they have been criss-crossing the country, staging canned pheasant hunts, showing up at skeet and trap shooting events, and insisting that they support the rights of American gun owners,” Gottlieb said, “it is clear now that the Democrat leadership has never abandoned its anti-gun rights agenda. Their own actions over the past week have put the lie to all of their grand pontifications about believing in the Second Amendment.
“The one thing that gun owners learned from this experience is that the Democratic leadership cannot be trusted,” Gottlieb stated. “That goes especially for Sen. Tom Daschle of South Dakota. While he pledged to pass the bill, he spent his time working the floor to pass poison pill amendments so the bill would be killed on a final vote. In my opinion, there is no bigger snake in the U.S. Senate.”