A blockbuster revelation yesterday by Politico shows the depth of hypocrisy being practiced by gun prohibition lobbying groups and the Obama White House to exploit the anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, while condemning pro-rights groups for allegedly doing the same thing; something of a vindication for a Bellevue-based gun rights advocate.
Almost immediately after Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, announced that Dec. 14 had been picked for “Guns Save Lives Day,” he was condemned by anti-gunners for trying to use the anniversary for political gains. Thanks to Politico’s report, that shoe is now on the other foot, precisely where Gottlieb had predicted it would be.
While reporting that Vice President Joe “Shotgun” Biden has been sidelined in the administration’s gun control efforts, Politico noted in the fourth and fifth paragraphs that, “Officials from the White House Office of Public Engagement, which reports to senior Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, are now carrying the administration’s gun control efforts. OPE officials hold a regular meeting with the major gun control groups known as the Gun Violence Table.
“The weekly sessions often include OPE Director Paulette Aniskoff or official Paul Monteiro along with representatives from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action, the Center for American Progress, Organizing for Action and Americans for Responsible Solutions,” Politico added.
But it is not until the sixth paragraph that the reason for these strategy sessions is revealed: “The groups are coordinating a November lobbying effort and planning events to commemorate the first anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., massacre last December.”
In a press release Tuesday morning, Gottlieb noted, “For those lobbying groups to condemn gun rights organizations is at best disingenuous, if not downright despicable. They have known for weeks, perhaps months, that they were going to exploit this solemn anniversary, and it is clear now they do not want a different message competing with their efforts to erode our civil rights.”
Gottlieb was savaged over “Guns Save Lives Day” even after shifting the date to Dec. 15, coinciding with Bill of Rights Day. His condemnation was particularly bristling in the pages of the New York Daily News, but a reader of that story put the controversy in this context: “Yes, it may have been a bit crass for the SAF to have their rally on the anniversary of such a tragedy, yet it also worked: here we are -- here the whole NATION is -- talking about it! They couldn't have bought that sort of press! And they do have a point: we need to WAKE UP and abolish feel good ‘gun-free zones’ and implement a true security plan. Teachers and faculty: don't want to own or handle guns? No problem. Just don't get in the way of those who DO, and/or get used to the idea of armed safety officers. It really is that simple.”
The Newtown Bee on Oct. 15 reported that the date had been changed, and then quoted First Selectman Pat Llodra, who stated, “For this group to use our Sandy Hook tragedy as a springboard for political action is disrespectful to our community of Newtown and is of particularly insensitive timing… I respect their right to promote their beliefs regarding guns. I ask that they respect our community and not use us for their purposes.
“We will not host a political rally of any stripe on that day,” she said, “and we hope that all such inclined persons understand that they and their agenda are not welcome. We ask for privacy and expect that all caring folks, including the media, will accommodate us. Those persons, who choose to not accede to our request to be left alone, (will) show the world their own moral and ethical fiber.”
Will that sentiment also apply to the gun ban groups and the White House OPE, which are planning the events “to commemorate” the tragic attack?
MEANWHILE, American Tactical Imports announced today that they will relocate from present headquarters in Rochester, N.Y. to Summerville, S.C. beginning next month. In a press release, ATI made it clear why the company is moving.
“ATI believes it is imperative that a firearms importer and manufacturer do business within a state that is friendly to the second amendment rights of the people,” the release states. “It is also important that ATI be close to the port-of-entry into the country for several of their imported products. The relocation to South Carolina ensures that both of these factors are met.”
“This move to South Carolina will help ensure a solid foundation for our company,” said ATI President Tony DiChario. “The relocation process will be smooth and we have ensured that the process will not affect customer service, product distribution or any other segment of our business. The people of South Carolina have welcomed ATI with open arms and we are excited about making our new corporate home there.”