BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — How do politicians capitalize on good news about crime statistics to attack gun rights? Just ask Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

“Mayor Nickels announced that there were fewer murders and assaults involving firearms, yet he and Chief Kerlikowske want to close gun shows and further restrict the firearm civil rights of law-abiding Washington residents,” observed CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “There is no indication that any of the firearms involved in Seattle’s homicides last year came from a gun show. It was the same story in 2006.

“Greg Nickels needs to take off his blue state sunglasses,” he continued, “so that he can see the difference between Seattle — where thousands of private citizens are licensed to carry — and cities where they are not. Seattle last year had 24 murders, while in Boston, where gun permits are limited, there were 66 killings. Milwaukee, where there is no right to carry, reported 105 homicides. And Washington, D.C., which bans handguns, reported 181 slayings in 2007.

“Mister Mayor, do the math,” Gottlieb challenged.

Wisconsin’s anti-gun governor has twice vetoed sensible concealed carry legislation, and Boston still discriminates against gun owners when issuing permits. The District of Columbia’s gun ban is now being challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court after being declared unconstitutional by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the second-highest federal court in the nation. Anti-gun rights Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr has signed an amicus curiae brief to the high court  upporting the District gun ban, a move obviously approved by Mayor Nickels, Gottlieb said.

“Greg Nickels has a track record of governing through demagoguery,” Gottlieb stated, “and his attitude toward gun owners is Draconian. Instead of targeting thugs who prey on people at downtown street corners, he wants to penalize citizens who attend gun shows when they’ve had nothing to do with Seattle’s crime problems. Gun shows aren’t what ails Seattle. That problem can be traced to the mayor’s office.”

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