BELLEVUE, WA – The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today applauded the fact checkers at PolitiFact, published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, for calling out Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety over claims that so-called “lax” Georgia gun laws were somehow responsible for the slayings of New York police officers.

PolitiFact checked claims by the anti-gun-rights Everytown lobbying group that “illegal guns” from Georgia were involved in the murders of officer Brian Moore several days ago and officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in December. PolitiFact determined that one of the guns had been purchased legally almost 20 years ago, and the other had been stolen almost four years ago in a gun shop burglary.

“PolitiFact properly challenges Everytown on its definition of what constitutes an ‘illegal gun’,” noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “This Bloomberg-funded gun prohibition lobbying group continually refers to guns as being ‘illegal’ without justification, other than to demonize the implement when they should be complaining about the actions of cop killers, which are definitely illegal.

“Let’s be honest,” Gottlieb continued, “the people at Everytown want Americans to believe that every gun is illegal because that’s the narrative they seek to perpetuate, and the cornerstone of the Utopian world they envision. For them, the Second Amendment is a ‘loophole,’ and it’s appropriate that they’re being called on this canard.”

He said America is getting wise to the fact that billionaire Bloomberg created this group to first inconvenience, then discourage and finally disarm law-abiding citizens via well-financed initiative campaigns or through legislation pushed by politicians his money helps elect. Gottlieb said the growing influence of Bloomberg’s billions on the political landscape is insidious.

“Bloomberg’s anti-gun spinmeisters at Everytown have invented this ‘illegal gun’ term as a deceptive political weapon,” Gottlieb noted, “and finally a newspaper is raising a red flag. The truth is not for sale, and neither is the Second Amendment, and the sooner that Bloomberg and his hired guns at Everytown acknowledge that, the better off the rest of us will be.”