BELLEVUE, WA â€“ A Brady Campaign news release headline claiming that â€œhugeâ€ crowds turned out across America for anti-gun protests on Tuesday was both false and misleading, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said this morning. The news release went out over the national PR Newswire serviceTuesday evening at 9:56 p.m., Eastern Time.
â€œCareful analysis of news coverage, or the lack of it in the 24 hours following the Tuesday protests, confirm that these events were pretty much a bust,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. â€œThe biggest crowds reported were â€˜about 200â€™ people bused to an event at Lake Barrington, Illinois, and another in Philadelphia. A Maryland protest outside a District Heights gun shop drew about 60 demonstrators, and one at Seattleâ€™s Green Lake Park attracted two people who spent 32 seconds lying on the grass. And this was supposed to be a â€˜hugeâ€™ event? That gives a whole new definition of the term â€˜lie-inâ€™ that was used to describe this protest.
â€œWhat this tells us,â€ he observed, â€œis that the public has grown tired of rants about the evils of gun ownership, and how gun rights must be restricted to ensure public safety. The proof of gun control failures is visible every day. In the wake of Virginia Tech, people are beginning to understand the insanity of so-called â€˜gun free zonesâ€™ that protect nobody but crazed killers, especially when campus officials do not act quickly. Americans look at murder and violent crime statistics in Washington, DC and Chicago and realize that bans on handgun possession by honest citizens in those cities have been disastrous.
â€œAmericans now see the gun control agenda for what it really is: a citizen disarmament campaign by Utopian extremists who have built their movement on false promises, false hopes, false hysteria and false headlines,â€ Gottlieb stated. â€œRestrictive gun laws havenâ€™t prevented a single mass shooting, and instead have turned our shopping malls, universities and public schools into killing grounds. Indeed, there is no evidence that any of this nationâ€™s restrictive gun laws have prevented any kind of violent crime.
â€œBy contrast,â€ Gottlieb concluded, â€œright-to-carry statutes, stand-your-ground laws and tough Three Strikes provisions â€“ all supported by the firearms community and consistently, and vigorously, opposed by gun control fanatics â€“ have been proven effective. They give honest citizens the means and legal protections to fight back, and they put criminals on the run, or behind bars where they belong.â€