Rounding off a busy year in 2009 campaigning for Americans’ constitutional rights, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) has condemned leading politicians in Washington state and Chicago for what they see as an attack on civil liberties.
First, it blasted Washington’s proposed ban on assault weapons, sponsored by three Democratic state senators, saying it shifts the blame for recent violent crimes from the perpetrators to law-abiding gun owners.
"Tens of thousands of Evergreen State citizens own the kind of semiautomatic sport-utility rifles and shotguns that these Democrat lawmakers want banned," said the organization’s chairman Alan Gottlieb, specifying that people use them for hunting, target shooting and competition, recreational shooting, predator control and home defense.
"For [the legislators] to demonize them and their firearms smacks of hysteria and social bigotry," he adds.
The organization has also criticized Chicago Mayor Richard Daley for spending resources defending a gun ban that it says will soon be declared unconstitutional, while he shuts down certain city services due to budgetary constraints.
The city is being sued by the Second Amendment Foundation, Illinois State Rifle Association and four individual citizens to overturn its long-standing handgun ban. The case is set to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 2, and a ruling is expected in June.