BELLEVUE, Wash., June 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While Capitol Hill Democrats staged a symbolic "sit-in" today in the House chambers to demand action on new gun restrictions, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said these lawmakers clearly define by their actions how far the party has strayed from the ideals of liberty their predecessors stood for.
"Democrats in the 1960s used sit-ins to expand Constitutional rights," CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb recalled. "But today, they are using a sit-in to restrict those same civil rights."
While Democrats professed to be interested in curbing gun-related violence, he said, their true motives are aimed more at eroding not only firearms rights, but the right of due process. Clearly, Gottlieb asserted, the sit-in is a carefully-choreographed attempt to fool the public into believing that it is right to pass legislation to strip someone of their rights without any criminal charge, much less a conviction, by placing them on a secret "watch list" without benefit of due process.
"Their party no longer represents the ideals of a free society," Gottlieb said. "Democrats who are participating in this exhibition think they symbolize the frustration of American citizens. What they're really symbolizing is the fact that they have been sitting down on the job rather than addressing the genuine threat of worldwide terrorism that has once again erupted in this country while Democrat Barack Obama sits in the Oval Office.
"Instead of demanding direct action against dangerous Islamic extremists," he continued, "they're distracting the public by pushing gun control measures that they know would not have prevented Orlando, Boston or San Bernardino. But it creates the deceptive impression that they are doing something, when in fact they are doing less than nothing by trying to penalize the wrong people.
"This is an insult to many of us that participated in sit-in demonstrations to extend civil rights a generation ago," he added. "Many of us were armed to protect participants from the Ku Klux Klan and other bigots. We were also armed with the facts, something that today's gun prohibitionists know little about. This demonstration is a disgrace, but today's crop of Democrats don't seem to care."
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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