Both Ceasefire groups released the results of a poll that reportedly only surveyed 310 adults across both Washington and Oregon, claiming that it is a representative sampling of Northwest residents.
"That's a very limited polling base," Gottlieb observed, "and they're using it for fear mongering to pursue a gun ban agenda that will not prevent crime or stop domestic terrorists."
He also noted that, according to the FBI crime statistics, rifles of any kind are used in only about two percent of all homicides in this country.
"Millions of law-abiding, honest citizens own modern sporting rifles," Gottlieb said, "and they have harmed nobody. The firearms that gun prohibitionists want banned are used for hunting, competition, recreational shooting, home defense, predator control and many other lawful purposes. They are the most popular type of rifle in America today.
"It appears to us that the Ceasefire groups are campaigning against cosmetics and the basic black color of these guns," he added. "This proposal is about flash rather than substance, and these organizations know it. They're after trophy legislation, not any meaningful measure to stop criminals or terrorists. It's a bad idea, penalizing the wrong people, while attempting to create and then exploit public fear."
With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (www.ccrkba.org) is one of the nation's premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.
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