CCRKBA Deplores Arizona Shooting and Subsequent Exploitation
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is condemning Saturday's attempted assassination of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the murders of six people including a federal judge and a 9-year-old child, for which a 22-year-old Tucson man is now facing charges.
"Our sincere sympathy and sorrow goes to the victims of this heinous crime, and their families, who are in our thoughts and prayers," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb. "This was a despicable act of cowardice, and we believe the full force of law should be used against the individual responsible.
"And speaking of despicable," he continued, "we find it unconscionable that the gun prohibition lobby wasted no time at all in its attempt to exploit this hideous attack in an effort to further its political agenda. When will these people stop dancing in the blood of crime victims in an attempt to resuscitate their relevance?"
Gottlieb was especially critical of attempts by at least two different organizations to link an out-of-context remark made in 2009 by the National Rifle Associationâ€šs Wayne LaPierre to this crime. He called it a "shameless demonstration of the depths to which the anti-gun-rights lobby will stoop in an attempt to discredit gun rights organizations.
"We notice," he said, "that little has been said about the courageous armed citizen, Joe Zamudio, who helped physically subdue the gunman. Despite Mr. Zamudioâ€šs disclosure during interviews with CNN and Fox News that he was armed, the press appears to be largely ignoring this detail.
"The gun apparently used by the suspect, Jared Loughner, was quickly traced to a legal sale at a Tucson-area sporting goods store in November," he added. "The speed by which that firearm was traced belies claims that police agencies are hindered by current statute that prohibits political exploitation of firearm trace data.
"A horrible crime has been committed, and our nation is stunned," Gottlieb concluded. "But until this investigation is completed, it is disgusting that gun prohibitionists would rush to the nearest microphone, demanding that we need more laws, while trying to link firearms rights advocates to this tragedy."
WDTN (NBC Dayton) - Gun laws were in place, just not being enforced
Advocates of gun rights said, the answer was not to pass more laws, but to enforce those in place.
..."Truthfully most of the firearms used in illegal acts are either obtained thorugh a crime themselves or through other acquaintances like family members or things like that," said Joe Eaton, the Southwestern Ohio representative for the Buckeye Firearms Association.
Eaton said the obvious solution would be to aggressively crack down and punish those who were giving guns to felons or those deemed mentally unstable by the courts.
...Eaton said, after the Virginia Tech shootings gun laws changed, so now states had financial incentives to update their mental health database regularly, so that ATF officials could conduct more accurate background checks.