New Zealand Fallout: Gun Groups Say ‘2A Not Negotiable’

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A police officer armed with a rifle stands watch at the scene of a mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Screen snip, YouTube, CBC)

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Two national gun rights organizations headquartered in the Pacific Northwest came out swinging in the hours after worldwide attention turned to the mosque massacre in New Zealand, warning gun prohibition lobbying groups in the United States against trying to exploit the tragedy.

In a joint announcement, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Second Amendment Foundation were blunt: The Second Amendment is not up for grabs.

“Friday’s attack is an outrage against peaceful people everywhere,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, who also founded SAF and serves as its executive vice president. “But rest assured, the acts of a madman halfway across the world and in a different hemisphere will not be allowed to provide this country’s gun prohibition lobby with yet another excuse to erode the cornerstone of our Bill of Rights.”

In an obvious effort to head off the kind of sensationalist exploitation of other mass shooting incidents, regardless where they happen, SAF and CCRKBA literally took off the gloves.

“We understand that in the aftermath of such a horrible event, there is a desire to ‘do something’,” Gottlieb acknowledged. “But recent history in this country has repeatedly demonstrated that those interested only in the complete prohibition of private firearms ownership will exploit human emotion to further their anti-gun agenda in an attempt to eviscerate the Second Amendment, which is not negotiable.”

The joint statement was a preemptive move by both organizations after disclosures that the suspect had assembled an 87-page manifesto in which he reportedly expressed hope that the attack would “deepen strife in the United States over gun ownership and the Second Amendment.”

At least 50 people were killed and dozens more were wounded/injured in the attacks at two different mosques in the Christchurch vicinity on New Zealand’s southern island. A suspect identified as Brenton Tarrant is now charged with murder. He actually live-streamed at least part of the attack.

One detail that has been reported by the Associated Press and the New Zealand Herald, but otherwise is not getting a lot of attention from the establishment press, is that one worshipper at the second mosque attack was able to get his hands on a firearm and brought the attack to a halt. That unidentified person apparently fired at least two shots at the suspect.

Alan Gottlieb, CCRKBA and SAF

In Gottlieb’s estimation, that “may have saved lives.”

There have been incidents in the United States in which armed private citizens have intervened in at least two tragic shootings at churches. In 2007, a gunman murdered two sisters outside of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs and then headed inside. That’s where he encountered Jeanne Assam, a former police officer, and she shot him several times.

Two years ago in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire inside the First Baptist Church, killing 26 people and wounding 20 others. When he walked outside, he was almost immediately shot by Stephen Williford, a neighbor who lived near the church and who used his own AR-15 rifle to engage Kelley. Williford was a former firearms instructor certified by the National Rifle Association.

“What happened in Christchurch should remind us all that no nation, no community is immune from violent terrorism,” he said. “If anything, this despicable act underscores the importance of our right to keep and bear arms, and provides ample justification of our right to carry now exercised by millions of law-abiding citizens who choose not to be victims, whether at the hands of a thug or terrorist.”

By some estimates, as many as 17.5 million Americans are licensed to carry across the 50 states, and there are uncounted numbers of people in at least 16 states who legally carry without a license or permit, due to so-called “Constitutional Carry” statutes. Three of those laws have been signed this year, in Kentucky, Oklahoma and South Dakota, all by Republican governors.

“There is no justification for acts of mass murder,” Gottlieb said. “Considering the events…in New Zealand, there is no acceptable explanation for any effort, whether at the national, state or local level, to disarm our honest citizens, rendering them defenseless against this sort of insanity.

“So long as SAF and CCRKBA can function,” he warned, “we will not allow the forces of hysteria to destroy our right to defend ourselves, our families and our communities from madmen, who ignore gun control laws as readily as they disregard our right to be left in peace.”


About Dave WorkmanDave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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Joe Sciba

New Zealand??? Who cares. I dont live there so I dont give a shit. We have enough problems with the socialist rats here as it is.

m.
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m.

the d-suckers in America are joyously giving each other oral sex @ the prospect of repeating the NZ mistake, bet on it. NZ = another t**t-run country bending over for muslim domination.

Earl
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Earl

If government officials honestly believe that regulating ownership of firearms will reduce gun violence, then they should immediately apply any proposed regulations, restrictions and prohibitions to the domestic law enforcement agencies in their own city, county or state. It is the utmost example of hypocrisy and arrogance for government officials to lament the necessity for me to surrender my self-defense firearms and high-capacity magazines while those same officials are flanked by law enforcement personnel who are issued the very weapons and magazines the officials wish to prohibit me from possessing.

SQWRLZ
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SQWRLZ

A very cogent argument.
Agreed.

Manfred
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Manfred

You are right on the money. The mainstream media is so focused on “automatic weapon” (NZ Media’s words), and they TOTALLY gloss over the fact that an armed good guy with a gun stopped the attack on the second mosque. And thus SAVED LIVES.

JoeUSooner
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JoeUSooner

Anti-2nd Amendment advocates (“anti-gunners”) are in a no-win situation… whether they understand that particular fact or not. The essence is simply 4 words – shall not be infringed… according to which there are only two possible situations regarding those anti-gunners. First (and best-case) possibility is that the anti-gunners are too damned rock-stupid to understand those 4 words… somehow, those words are completely outside their vocabulary, totally beyond their comprehension. In this case, the anti-gunners are legally and psychologically incompetent and must not be allowed out in public without a keeper. Second (and worst-case) possibility is that the anti-gunners do indeed… Read more »

JRW
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JRW

” A gun like any other source of power, is a force for either Good or Evil, Being neither in itself, But dependent upon those who possess it.”

SQWRLZ
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SQWRLZ

Excellent quote. I want to use it.
Cited from?

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willy d

Without the Second, everything is gone, they will RULE TO OBEY THEM ONLY !!!!!!!!!!!! It is getting very close to the breaking point for trying to get all of the corrupt politicians OUT or keeping the new MUSH BRAINS OUT, I don’t believe in Socialism, get out and work for what you want, and quit looking for a hand out or free-be !!!! I worked for what I wanted and my kids are doing the same and it hasn’t killed them yet and they all are doing just fine! Two did college on their own, one did a military carrier,… Read more »

Crotalus Maxximus
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Crotalus Maxximus

Agreed

Will Flatt
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Will Flatt

Curious how a shooting in a country with strict gun control is somehow germane or relevant to the God-given rights of the citizens of another country to keep & bear arms.

MSM, we see what you’re trying to do. We’re not going to let you get away with it!!

Timothy Votaw
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Timothy Votaw

Constitutional faithful had better stand up and be counted, and back these organizations up. We need a show of muscle, of hard-edged resistance to the panic-stricken opportunists who try to rally support for disarming lawful citizens by fear-mongering ignorant and uninformed segments of our national population. Otherwise, our silence and passivity will be taken as ambivalence, and they will be emboldened. We can no longer be silent, and expect to survive the anti-gun mania.

Pat Harris
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Pat Harris

Gun laws did not protect these worshipers. More guns in the hands of law abiding citizens will.

Robert J. Lucas
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Robert J. Lucas

The old saying that still rings true,” GOD Helps Them, Who Helps Themselves”.

m.
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m.

don’t like 2A, GTFO of America. strip down to socks & underwear, get on a barge to your favorite commie s**t-hole & don’t come back

ras
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ras

m, good idea and good riddance.