BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While the San Francisco 49ers racked up their eighth consecutive defeat over the weekend, the team's announcement last week that it is contributing $500,000 to gun control efforts just might seal their fate as losers on a different level in the eyes of millions of American gun owners, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
"We're throwing a flag on this play," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. "After weeks of protests at various NFL games that have seen players disrespect the National Anthem, resulting in sliding television ratings and fan disapproval, giving a half-million dollars to people who attack gun rights is worse than a clipping penalty.
"The money is earmarked to support legislation in conflict with the constitutional right to keep and bear arms," he added. "First the NFL disrespects the National Anthem, and now they disrespect our constitution."
According to a report on ESPN, the money will also be used to support legislation that not only bans "bump stocks" but will also be aimed at prohibiting "silencers and armor piercing bullets."
"The Hearing Protection Act might have a chance in Congress," Gottlieb noted, "but for the Niners to give that kind of money to the opposition amounts to pass interference, and it should cost them more than 15 yards.
"Halfway into the season," he continued, "San Francisco hasn't put a single victory on the scoreboard. Now they've essentially insulted millions of NFL fans by helping bankroll the gun control effort. That's like punting on a first down.
"Professional football is supposed to be a sporting event that entertains and thrills fans," Gottlieb observed, "not help finance efforts to erode their constitutional rights. Politics is threatening to ruin the games.
"By making this pledge to gun control," he concluded, "the Niners are definitely off sides."
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.
SOURCE Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms