BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Democrat Barack Obama on Tuesday insulted millions of legally-armed American citizens when he told a Pennsylvania newspaper that concealed carry poses a threat to innocent people, and he should immediately apologize for that remark, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
Senator Obama, quoted by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, admitted, â€œI am not in favor of concealed weapons. I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could (get shot during) altercations.â€
â€œAmerican citizens have been responsibly carrying concealed handguns for years in 48 states,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, co-author of America Fights Back: Armed Self-Defense in a Violent Age, published by Merril Press. â€œThese citizens go through background checks, and in some states complete required training courses. Statistically, these armed citizens are far less likely to ever be involved in a crime than average citizens. They have stopped crimes. They have sometimes aided police officers.
â€œSenator Obama,â€ he continued, â€œshould not confuse legally-armed, law-abiding Americans with inner-city thugs, gang-bangers and other criminals who carry guns illegally. Thanks to a revealing 1996 questionnaire bearing Mr. Obamaâ€™s handwriting from his days as a candidate for the Illinois Senate, itâ€™s clear he has the good guys confused with the bad guys.â€
That controversial questionnaire, which Obama originally claimed he never saw, contained answers to questions that indicates he opposes capital punishment and criminal prosecution of juveniles as adults, is against mandatory sentencing and supports â€œalternative sentencing.â€ He supported a ban on handguns and semiautomatic sport-utility rifles, and mandatory waiting periods before Americans could exercise their constitutional right to own a firearm.
â€œBarack Obama ignorantly believes that legally-armed Americans are as reckless and irresponsible as the criminals with whom his political sympathies evidently lay,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œHe has been insisting for months that he supports the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, but here he is now campaigning in Pennsylvania, stating essentially that he would prefer Americans not exercise that right.
â€œLegally-armed citizens are also voters, Mr. Obama,â€ Gottlieb stated, â€œand you have outrageously insulted every one of them. You owe these good citizens an apology.â€