BELLEVUE, WA – Tourists robbed at gunpoint on the National Mall, a political activist murdered in Georgetown, robberies up 14 percent and armed assaults up 18 percent; these are the fruits of three decades of restrictive gun control in Washington, D.C., the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today.

“For 30 years,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “we have witnessed the cruel hoax of restrictive gun laws in our nation’s capitol. The insanity of gun control is revealed in the murder, rape, assault and robbery statistics that make the District of Columbia the crime capital of America. This is what happens when law-abiding citizens are told their Second Amendment rights have been suspended through elitist government fiat, and that they cannot possess the tools to defend themselves against criminal predators.”

“The city council, through three decades of social ignorance, has turned over the streets of our capitol city to outlaws, and the outlaws know it,” added CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. “When the ban on handguns and restrictions on rifles and shotguns was adopted in 1976, the city administration should have hung signs at the city limits welcoming thugs and telling law-abiding citizens that their right to self-defense does not exist within these borders.

“What’s happening in Washington, D.C. today is an outrage,” Waldron added, “yet the people in charge refuse to admit their gun restrictions are responsible. They continue to perpetuate a myth that gun control makes the city safer. This recent crime wave makes it plain that restrictive gun control has no benefits except for criminals, and that those who defend the existing restrictions are defending a lie.”

“We call upon the city government and Congress to immediately repeal the District’s Draconian gun regulations,” Gottlieb concluded. “The city’s law-abiding citizens must be allowed to fight back, and regain control of their neighborhoods. Any politician, whether in the municipal government or on Capitol Hill, who does not trust the citizens of Washington, D.C. with their Second Amendment rights does not deserve to hold office, and should hand in his or her resignation. This risk-free working environment for criminals must end now.”