The head of a major gun rights organization came out swinging with a verbal beat down of House Democrats for staging a sit-in with a demand that Congress take action on new gun restrictions.
Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said these lawmakers clearly defined by their actions how far the party has strayed from the ideals of liberty their predecessors stood for.
“Democrats in the 1960s used sit-ins to expand Constitutional rights,” Gottlieb recalled. “But today, they are using a sit-in to restrict those same civil rights.”
Several Democrats sat on the floor of the House chamber, talking and making statements. Finally the House had to recess. They insisted on action, but gun rights advocates like Gottlieb have contended that their proposals cause problems not only for the Second Amendment, but also the due process provision of the Fifth Amendment. He said the sit-in was a carefully-choreographed attempt to fool the public into believing that it is right to pass legislation to strip someone of their rights without any criminal charge, much less a conviction, by placing them on a secret “watch list” without benefit of due process.
“Their party no longer represents the ideals of a free society,” Gottlieb said. “Democrats who are participating in this exhibition think they symbolize the frustration of American citizens. What they’re really symbolizing is the fact that they have been sitting down on the job rather than addressing the genuine threat of worldwide terrorism that has once again erupted in this country while Democrat Barack Obama sits in the Oval Office.”
The veteran Second Amendment advocate accused Democrats of using the gun issue to distract public attention away from their failure to address global terrorism.
“Instead of demanding direct action against dangerous Islamic extremists,” he continued, “they’re distracting the public by pushing gun control measures that they know would not have prevented Orlando, Boston or San Bernardino. But it creates the deceptive impression that they are doing something, when in fact they are doing less than nothing by trying to penalize the wrong people.
“This is an insult to many of us that participated in sit-in demonstrations to extend civil rights a generation ago,” he added. “Many of us were armed to protect participants from the Ku Klux Klan and other bigots. We were also armed with the facts, something that today’s gun prohibitionists know little about. This demonstration is a disgrace, but today’s crop of Democrats don’t seem to care.”