BELLEVUE, WA â€“ On the day that the Pacific Northwestâ€™s most extreme anti-gun rights organization plans to honor Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) is asking why.
â€œFriday at noon, Washington CeaseFire is going to honor Chief Kerlikowske for his efforts to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners, when he canâ€™t even keep track of his own firearm,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. â€œMore than a year ago, the chiefâ€™s personal 9mm Glock was stolen from his city-owned car while it was parked on a Seattle street, while he and his wife were shopping. Such negligence should not be rewarded.â€
Gottlieb noted that CCRKBAâ€™s $1,000 reward for the recovery of Kerlikowskeâ€™s pistol still stands.
â€œThis is CeaseFireâ€™s payback to Kerlikowske for supporting their attempt to close a mythical â€˜gun show loopholeâ€™,â€ said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. â€œPerhaps the citizens of Washington State would be better served if CeaseFire tried to close the parked police car loophole. With more than one million law-biding gun owners in Washington, Chief Kerlikowske has joined that small group of irresponsible individuals who leave guns lying around where thieves can easily steal them. By now, his missing gun may have been involved in a crime.
â€œNot only did the Citizens Committee post a reward for the recovery of Chief Kerlikowskeâ€™s pistol,â€ Waldron noted, â€œthe Washington Arms Collectors â€“ the stateâ€™s largest gun show operator and grassroots gun rights organization â€“ has been actively watching for it, which appears to be a lot more than the chief or his department has done to recover that firearm.
â€œResponsible gun owners know better than to leave loaded firearms in their cars, parked on the streets of downtown Seattle,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œYet these are the very people whose firearms rights Chief Kerlikowske wants to help CeaseFire erode, and heâ€™s being rewarded for that.
â€œBefore Kerlikowske, a transplant from back East, tries to tell Washingtonians about firearm responsibility,â€ Gottlieb said, â€œhe ought to practice a little of his own. Before an extremist group like Washington CeaseFire heaps praise on the chief, they need to know whether his stolen gun has been used to harm someone.â€