From the Mayor
Citizens Committee for the
Right to Keep and Bear Arms
12500 N.E. Tenth Place
Bellevue, WA 98005
SEATTLE MAYOR’S ANTI-GUN AGENDA WOULD NOT PREVENT GUN CRIMES, SAYS CCRKBA
For Immediate Release: January 3, 2007
BELLEVUE, WA – The anti-gun agenda unfurled today by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels would not have prevented any of the recent crimes involving firearms in Washington State, including Wednesday morning’s tragic incident at Tacoma’s Foss High School, said Joe Waldron, executive director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Waldron, whose office is in Bellevue, said the Nickels gun legislation “wish list” has nothing to do with any of last year’s high-profile shootings, including the March Capitol Hill slayings and last July’s attack on the Jewish Federation offices.
“It seems hardly a coincidence that Mayor Nickels has announced a legislative package that is virtually a mirror image of that being pushed by Washington CeaseFire,” Waldron said. “Sales of semiautomatic sport-utility rifles and private sales at gun shows are not remotely connected to any of the crimes Nickels and CeaseFire are exploiting to push their agenda, and they know it.
“We have offered to work with the Seattle Police Department’s newly-hired ‘crime gun specialist,’ and our calls have not been returned,” Waldron said. “We’ve never been contacted by Mayor Nickels or his staff. What sense does it make to develop proposed solutions to gun crimes when you ignore available expertise on the other side of Lake Washington, and refuse input from the very community of concerned firearms owners who will be directly affected by these proposals?
“As for Wednesday’s school shooting, and last year’s crimes, Capitol Hill gunman Kyle Huff brought his firearms from Montana, and Naveed Haq, the suspect in the Jewish Federation shooting bought his guns legally from retail outlets in the Tri-Cities area,” Waldron noted. “Not one firearm used in these crimes was a semiautomatic rifle, and there is no indication Huff or Haq ever went near a gun show. And there are already state and federal laws against students bringing guns to campus, especially handguns, which they may not legally carry.
“We would be delighted to sit down with Mayor Nickels, the Washington Legislature and anyone else for a serious, rational discussion on fighting crime,” Waldron said. “But preventing crime isn’t what Nickels or CeaseFire is after. Their only interest is in eroding the firearms rights of law-abiding Washington citizens, and capitalizing on any tragedy to accomplish that end.”
With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms 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. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the internet at www.ccrkba.org or by email to InformationRequest@ccrkba.org.
|SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels today called again on state leaders to pass common-sense gun laws to help keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and give cities more tools to protect neighborhoods from gun violence.|
Nickels urged lawmakers in Olympia to ban assault weapons, close the gun show loophole that allows criminals to buy weapons without background checks, and require trigger locks and safe storage of firearms.
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