BELLEVUE, WA – “Twice in his current term as governor, Jim Doyle has arrogantly vetoed legislation that would have fulfilled the Wisconsin State Constitution’s guarantee that citizens could bear arms for their personal defense, and gun owners may square accounts with Doyle in November,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today.

“Jim Doyle’s approval ratings have been slipping,” noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb,” and part of that might be due to his anti-self-defense extremism. It is a pity that he cannot control himself when it comes to making his anti-gun philosophy a matter of public policy.

“Wisconsin is a great state, with great citizens, and a very well-thought-out constitutional amendment that guarantees ‘the people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose’,” Gottlieb quoted. “Once again, Jim Doyle has allowed his personal prejudice against gun owners to override his responsibility to uphold all tenets of the state constitution.

“Governors in 38 other states have stepped up to their responsibility to protect the rights of citizens to protect themselves,” he observed. “In Wisconsin, however, Jim Doyle is kowtowing to the anti-gun lobby, which is never happier than it is when innocent people are being robbed, raped or murdered, just so they can dance in the blood of the victims while adding to their statistical body count as a means to press their bankrupt social agenda.

“Last time this happened,” Gottlieb recalled, “one state representative lost both his nerve and his sense of duty to his constituents, ignored his own promises and instead played partisan politics with the public’s right to personal protection. This year, state lawmakers have a chance to right that horrible wrong, show some backbone and earn the gratitude of every law-abiding citizen in the state.

“We know Wisconsin voters will be watching, and they will remember in November,” Gottlieb said.