BELLEVUE, Wash., July 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Second Amendment Foundation today condemned attempts by the agenda-driven media, led by CBS, to provide cover for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton's war on gun rights by trying to debunk Republican Donald Trump's statement Thursday night that Clinton "wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment."
"CBS News and others argue that Trump's allegation is not true, and that 'Clinton has spoken up for Second Amendment rights on several occasions,'" noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. "They are being disingenuous at best, and they know it.
"More than a year ago," he recalled, "Clinton made gun control a cornerstone of her campaign. She talked about using Australia's gun confiscation as something that might be considered. She told a private fund raiser last October that she thinks the Supreme Court was wrong on the Second Amendment, and in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, she even questioned whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right.
"While admitting that Clinton wants to renew the ban on modern sporting rifles and repeal a law that protects firearms manufacturers from frivolous harassment lawsuits, the official media spin today is that she's never actually said she would abolish the Second Amendment," Gottlieb stated. "That's like saying an arsonist really doesn't intend to burn a building, even though he's splashing gasoline on the walls.
"The media has adopted the anti-gun lobby's lexicon," he added. "They routinely use deceptive terms like 'gun safety' and 'gun violence prevention' when they are really talking about gun control or gun prohibition. It is intellectually dishonest and we're going to call them on it."
He said SAF will soon launch a "Media Action Plan" to counter what he calls "rapidly growing anti-gun propaganda in the news media."
"The media wants to build a wall around Hillary Clinton," he said, "protecting her anti-gun agenda from public scrutiny. We are going to tear down that wall, brick by deceptive brick. A right that is strangled by regulation isn't a right at all, but a highly-restricted government-controlled privilege. The media is wrong to water down Clinton's gun control agenda, and we intend to reveal the truth."
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.
SOURCE Second Amendment Foundation