BELLEVUE, WA – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg would rather see the country overrun by illegal aliens than he would give a break to a law-abiding American gun owner, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today.

CCRKBA was reacting to reports about Bloomberg’s statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing today in Philadelphia, PA. In that hearing, Bloomberg admitted, “Although they broke the law by illegally crossing our borders…our city’s economy would be a shell of itself had they not, and it would collapse if they were deported.”

“While Bloomberg has launched a campaign to attack the rights of American gun owners,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “it is obvious he is rather selective about whom he considers a criminal. He doesn’t seem at all alarmed that among the millions of illegal aliens sneaking into this country are criminals and possible terrorists. But evidently he thinks that scenario is far preferable to one in which law-abiding citizens can arm themselves against thugs, including ones that are here illegally.

“More than a year ago,” Gottlieb recalled, “CCRKBA launched a campaign calling on the Bush Administration to concentrate on border control, not gun control. We knew then, as we know today, that Americans are greatly concerned about illegal aliens. While many of those illegal immigrants are here to take jobs, others come here to commit crimes, ranging from drug trafficking to murder. Some of their victims have been police officers on duty. Yet there hasn’t been a whimper from Mayor Bloomberg about this, only about ratcheting down on firearms.

“New York City has suffered a recent rash of stabbings, some of which were apparently committed by illegal aliens,” he noted, “yet where is the mayor’s concern about that? It’s not the weapon, it’s the criminal.

“Mayor Bloomberg should be demanding tighter security along our borders instead of mounting dubious gun shop stings as a way to thwart crime,” Gottlieb said. “Instead of interfering with on-going criminal investigations to grab a headline, Bloomberg should devote his energies to making this country more secure, and that doesn’t require him to trample on anyone’s gun rights. He would rather harass American gun owners who have broken no laws, instead of going after illegal aliens who have broken our immigration laws by just being on our soil.”