BELLEVUE, Wash., June 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Attempts by both President Barack Obama and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton to exploit the terror attack in Orlando and further their gun control agenda are outrageous, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.
"Americans should be appalled that both President Obama and Clinton chose to attack the Second Amendment rights of legitimate gun owners instead of radical Islamist terrorists," said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. "Their priorities are upside down."
During his Sunday response to the Orlando atrocity, the president found time to insert a remark about gun control, insisting, "This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or a house of worship, or a movie theater, or a nightclub. And we have to decide if that's the kind of country that we want to be."
"We want a country where the Second Amendment is treated as the fundamental, individual civil right it protects," Gottlieb said in response. "Americans want a country where they're not demonized and treated like criminals just because they want to exercise that right."
Clinton, meanwhile, said "weapons of war" must be removed from the streets, according to published reports.
Gottlieb's response was blunt: "Hillary Clinton needs to open her eyes. Terrorists are at war with us and are bringing that war to our streets. The murderous attacks in San Bernardino and Orlando underscore the need for all Americans to be able to fight back. But in the world Obama and Clinton want to create, they would disarm the citizens and deny that the terrorists exist.
"The European gun control model did not stop the Paris terrorists from getting guns to commit their atrocity," he added. "When you trade the means to protect your personal security for the promise of government protection you end up with neither.
"If we lose our Second Amendment rights," Gottlieb warned, "the radical Islamist terrorists win."
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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