Gun Rights Advocates: ‘There Will Be Resistance’ to Gun Control

By Jon Street | January 3, 2013 | 3:45pm EST

In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, a customer checks out a shotgun at Burdett & Son Outdoor Adventure Shop in College Station, Texas. More civilians are armed in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world, with Yemen coming in a distant second, according to the Small Arms Survey in Geneva. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

( - The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has said that it will be “on the front lines of [the] resistance” to President Obama’s efforts to curb gun violence through gun control.

“President Obama was absolutely correct when he told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ Sunday that ‘there will be resistance’ to his extremist proposal to ban the most commonly-owned and popular rifles in America,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.

Obama, on Sunday, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” host David Gregory that one of his priorities in 2013 is to take on the gun control issue by meeting with both Democrats and Republicans, although he said he would put forward a “very specific proposal” based on the recommendations of Vice President Joe Biden’s gun control task force, which Obama announced on Dec. 19.

“I think anybody who was up in Newtown who talked to the parents, who talked to the families understands that something fundamental in America has to change,” Obama told Gregory.

“I’ve been very clear [that] an assault rifle ban, banning these high-capacity clips, background checks – that they’re a set of issues that I’ve historically supported and will continue to support,” the president added.

“I’m going to be putting forward a package, and I’m going to be putting my full weight behind it, and I’m going to be making an argument to the American people about why this is important and why we have to do everything we can to make sure that something like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary doesn’t happen again,” he said.

“But,” Obama continued, “Ultimately the way this is going to happen is because the American people say that’s right. We are willing to make different choices for the country, and we support those in Congress who are willing to take those actions.

“Will there be resistance? Absolutely, there will be resistance. The question then becomes whether we are actually shook up enough by what happened here that it does not just become another one of these routine episodes where it gets a lot of attention for a couple of weeks and then it drifts away. It certainly won’t feel like that to me,” Obama concluded.

Perhaps one of the only things that gun rights advocates and the president both agree on is that there will, in fact, be resistance.

In addition to CCRKBA Chairman Gottlieb vowing “resistance” to Obama’s proposal, Gottlieb added, ““We [the CCRKBA] will be on the front lines of that resistance.”

Gottlieb said, “You cannot have an honest discussion about violence without addressing conditions that make it easy for criminals,” Gottlieb concluded. “You can’t keep people truly safe by giving them the illusion of safety. You do not stop criminals by penalizing law-abiding citizens and demonizing their firearms.

“The guns that President Obama and Capitol Hill gun grabbers don’t want the people to have,” Gottlieb added, “are the ones people are buying by the bushel. Criminals won’t turn them in, so why should law-abiding gun owners be expected to do that?”

Noting Obama’s stated intentions to meet with “stakeholders” to discuss prospective gun measures, Gottlieb said, “We will wait patiently for our telephone to ring with a White House invitation to participate. We won’t hold our breath, and we will not be rushing to quick agreement on any proposal while Fast and Furious guns are still being used to kill innocent people.”

“Before asking Congress to ban our firearms,” Gottlieb added, “President Obama should order his Justice Department to get back all the guns his administration allowed to be walked into Mexico under Operation Fast and Furious.

“Guns linked to Fast and Furious have accounted for more than 200 deaths in Mexico and the United States, including Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. While the nation mourns for the innocent children and heroic teachers and administrators at Sandy Hook Elementary, the Obama administration should not be penalizing America’s law-abiding gun owners when it has yet to answer for the incredible irresponsibility of its own agency,” Gottlieb concluded.

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