'Gun Summit' Called Brainstorming Session on Gun Control

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:22 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - A gun rights group said the upcoming "gun summit" planned by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is merely a chance for them to brainstorm on more ways to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said Wednesday that such a "gun grab" will only lead to more crime, because it will impede the ability of citizens to protect legally themselves.

"Rather than devising and suggesting more restrictions on the rights of law-abiding gun owners, these mayors need to recognize that urban violence is a symptom of deeper problems that their bankrupt social policies perpetuate," said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron in a press release.

"Ten years ago," Waldron said, "the 'solution' to gun trafficking into New York City from southern states with so- called 'lax' gun laws was to impose one-gun-a-month laws in those states.

"That scheme proved a colossal failure because Virginia, where such a law is on the books, is still the number one source of illegal guns in New York. Yet honest citizens face ridiculous roadblocks to gun ownership, and legal concealed carry is impossible," Waldron added.

Gun trafficking is a problem of supply and demand, Waldron said, and no matter what laws the mayors come up with, criminals will find new ways to break them.

"This is really a case of demand creating the market," said Waldron. "Street thugs will find and exploit any source of firearms, regardless what restrictions are placed on honest gun owners. Criminals ignore laws, especially gun laws, and Bloomberg, Menino and their anti-gun colleagues from around the country know it."

The summit, scheduled for next week, will include mayors from Dallas, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Washington, D.C., and Seattle. The mayors hope to create a coalition to share information on how city and state officials can work together to convince Congress to help cities deal with illegal guns.

"Just how the mayors of Dallas, Seattle, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. expect to discourage violent inner-city thugs, who account for more than half of all U.S. homicides, by slapping restrictions on all citizens across the nation is puzzling," Waldron said.

The mayors are the same people who want to create 'amnesty zones' for illegal immigrants, Waldron said.

"They and their predecessors have advocated Draconian gun laws that directly attack the rights of law-abiding citizens, particularly in New York, Chicago, Milwaukee and the District of Columbia, leaving them at the mercy of the criminals," Waldron added.

He noted that the gun control policies of mayors like Bloomberg and Menino actually create the problem of high crime rates.

"Bloomberg, Menino and the others aren't going to provide a solution," said Waldron, "because their policies are the problem. If these mayors want to discourage criminals, they should support laws that give citizens the tools to fight back, and that protect them from abusive prosecution when they do."

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