BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Antiâ€“gun Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has reached a new low in his attempt to blame the Fort Hood massacre on firearms, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
â€œMayor Daley is deplorably capitalizing on the outrage at Fort Hood to push his gun prohibition agenda,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. â€œThis is the height of moral bankruptcy from a man whose administration was sued Wednesday morning by the Chicago inspector general over apparent interference with an investigation into possible wrongdoing by current and former city employees.â€
On Monday, Daley reacted to the Fort Hood shooting by telling reporters, â€œUnfortunately, America loves Guns. We love guns to a point where that, uh, we see devastation on a daily basis. You donâ€™t blame a group.â€
â€œYou donâ€™t blame guns, either,â€ Gottlieb fired back. â€œYou hold the perpetrator responsible for his crime, not the instruments he used. Would Daley blame cars for the highway carnage created by drunk drivers?
â€œPerhaps the real culprit here,â€ he continued, â€œis former President Bill Clinton. The Washington Times revealed this morning that after he took office in 1993, the Army, under Clinton, instituted a ban on the carrying of firearms by military personnel on their bases. As a result, soldiers have been disarmed and left vulnerable to this kind of attack. Using Daleyâ€™s logic, he should blame Clinton for the Fort Hood massacre. That makes more sense than blaming guns.
â€œDaley has an agenda,â€ Gottlieb observed, â€œthat he shares with other antiâ€“gun extremists. They will exploit any tragedy to pursue their goal of public disarmament and destruction of the Second Amendment. Whether it is the assassination of a Seattle police officer, the murder of 13 people at Fort Hood, or the horrible body count of crime victims that has piled up in Chicago under Daleyâ€™s regime, they will dance through the blood toward the nearest sympathetic microphone to push their cause.
â€œAmerica must ignore the ravings of antiâ€“gun fanatics,â€ he concluded, â€œwho are so blinded by a hatred for individual liberty and personal protection that they cannot see how foolish and petty they have become.â€