BELLEVUE, Wash., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While other gun rights groups reportedly have declined to participate in a "new discussion" about firearms and crime with the Obama administration, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today it would be eager to talk with the White House, especially about the "Project Gunrunner" and "Fast and Furious" scandals, where federal agents helped facilitate gun sales to suspected gunrunners.
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb acknowledged that his organization has not yet been asked to participate in the "new discussion" outlined by President Barack Obama in an Op-Ed article that appeared in a Tucson newspaper.
"However," he said, "we would be delighted to sit down with the president and talk about how his administration has supplied guns to criminals."
Gottlieb said it seems odd that neither CCRKBA nor its sister organization, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), had been invited to the table despite the president's desire to open a dialogue with gun rights advocates.
"After all," he observed, "it was SAF's Supreme Court case, McDonald v. City of Chicago, that solidified the Second Amendment's protection of an individual civil right that the president now seems to energetically embrace.
"If we were to be invited," Gottlieb insisted, "it won't be for a photo op. There are serious issues American gun owners want discussed, such as restoration of rights, national concealed carry reciprocity, cracking down on states like New Jersey, New York and California that routinely violate gun owners' rights, lifting the administration's ban on importation of historic WWII-era rifles, reining in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, especially the Phoenix office and its 'Fast and Furious' operation, and the nomination of anti-gun rights Andrew Traver to head BATFE. That's like putting an arsonist in charge of the U.S. Forest Service."
Gottlieb said the president's timing for this new approach "seems suspiciously like an effort to deflect public attention away from the growing 'Project Gunrunner' and 'Fast and Furious' scandals, now that CBS, Fox News and other major news organizations have started probing the controversial operations.
"If Obama were really serious about opening a dialogue about firearms and crime," he said, "it should not have taken him more than two years in the White House before claiming he wants to meet with gun rights advocates."
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