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SAF launches poll: ‘Do guns save lives?’

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The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) late yesterday launched a video poll asking people whether they agree that Guns Save Lives; the latest chapter in a duel between gun rights advocates and gun prohibitionists.

The video is a key component of the build-up to national “Guns Save Lives Day,” scheduled Sunday, Dec. 15 in cooperation with the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) and several other organizations around the country. It might be comparable to the battle in Washington state between the “dueling initiatives,” but on steroids.

SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb launched the effort to present “the other side” of the gun rights issue as anti-gun organizations are now fully engaged in exploiting the upcoming Dec. 14 anniversary of the Newtown tragedy. They are already trying to silence gun rights advocates, as witnessed by an e-mail circulated over the past 36 hours by the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, the Seattle-based group pushing Initiative 594, the 17-page gun control measure financed largely by wealthy Seattle-area liberals.

SAF, according to Gottlieb, has purchased air time on Fox News, DISH TV, and Glenn Beck’s Blaze Network, on national conservative radio talk shows, SiriusXM satellite radio and major radio stations to broadcast the video. To participate in the poll, dial 800-970-0998.

CCRKBA and other statewide groups representing hunters, law enforcement, gun collectors and competitive shooters are backing Initiative 591, which prohibits government gun confiscation without due process, and requires that background checks conducted in Washington comply with a uniform national standard.

In the Wednesday e-mail, WAGR campaign manager Zach Silk laments that the response to a letter calling for the cancellation of Guns Save Lives Day “is not enough.” So far, he says, 5,795 signatures have been gathered. The mere involvement of WAGR in an effort to silence Second Amendment advocates nationwide shows a much broader agenda than just pushing an extremist gun control measure in the Evergreen State.

At the national level, the anti-gun Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) launched their own video a few days ago, titled “No More Silence.” It does exactly what Silk complains about in his e-mail: exploits the Sandy Hook tragedy. While arguing that Guns Save Lives Day “sheds light on a group that doesn’t think twice about using the murder (sic) of 20 children to promote its own narrow political agenda,” the same could easily be said about the Mom’s group and MAIG, because their agenda of public disarmament could hardly be more narrow or exploitive.

The “No More Silence” video contends that there have been 26 school shootings since Sandy Hook, but an on-line check suggests otherwise. Of the 19 incidents listed, one involved the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, and a few others may have no real connection to schools, other than that they happened in parking lots or open grounds on school property between individuals.

Yesterday, the blog “No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money” pointed to a story in The Hill earlier this week that detailed how the Obama campaign arm-turned-political advocacy group, Organizing for Action (OFA) is “encouraging supporters to host ‘anniversary events’ marking one year since the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting.” The efforts are to “remind” people that “we as a nation need to do more to prevent gun violence and keep our communities safe.”

Perhaps others, including many residents of Newtown, see a different approach to that safety issue. As the New York Daily News reported in August, requests for gun permits in Newtown have doubled since last year.

All of this appears to be building toward a confrontation between two clashing philosophies, one which points to state and federal constitutional protections of a fundamental civil right, and the other which ultimately insists those protections, and the right, do not exist.

Washington State will be a major battleground, perhaps the “Gettysburg” of this cultural civil war.

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