"There can be no justification for this cowardly act, but we are confident there will be justice," he said. "At the same time, we abhor any attempt to exploit this hateful crime, which appeared to target police, to press a political agenda that would penalize millions of law-abiding American citizens.
"Make no mistake," Gottlieb stressed. "The person or persons who did this bear the sole responsibility. We are confident that authorities in Texas will bring the full force of existing law against anyone who was involved in this terrible attack.
"We applaud the calm demeanor of Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who earlier today shared some possible motives for last night's deplorable crime," Gottlieb concluded. "If this was some sort of hate crime, that hatred was unleashed against all Americans. We know there are deep divisions in America today. Murder is not the way to solve that, and neither is political exploitation."
The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.
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SOURCE Second Amendment Foundation; Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms