'PLUMBER' SCANDAL SHOWS WHY SCHUMER'S GUN CONTROL SCHEMES CAN'T BE TRUSTED, SAYS CCRKBA
Oct. 4, 2005
BELLEVUE, WA – A scandal involving members of Sen. Charles Schumer's staff –
working for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – who fraudulently
obtained credit information on Maryland's Republican lieutenant governor,
demonstrates why the anti-gun senator's invasive gun control schemes cannot be
trusted, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA)
The scandal has been quietly unfolding for weeks, but the mainstream press has
largely ignored the story. CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb believes that biased
news organizations are once again giving a gun control extremist what amounts
to a "free pass" over an outrage that hardly surprises gun owners.
"Schumer has denied any knowledge about the activities of his research
director Katie Barge and staffer Laura Weiner, who reportedly used the Social
Security number of Lt. Gov. Michael Steele in an attempt to find something
politically damaging to him," Gottlieb said. "Mr. Schumer should be held to
the same standard of accountability for the acts of his
underlings as was President Richard Nixon more than 30 years ago, for the
Watergate plumber's scandal. That Barge and Weiner have quit is irrelevant.
"The more important issue," Gottlieb continued, "is that this story reveals
how irresponsible Schumer's people would be with the kind of information the
senator has wanted to amass on gun owners over the years through his invasive
gun control schemes. Schumer has backed all kinds of intrusive legislation
that would require law-abiding Americans to surrender their privacy just to
exercise a Constitutionally-protected civil right.
"Thanks to the Maryland scandal," Gottlieb observed, "American gun owners now
realize what Schumer's minions could, and would, do with such details on gun-owning citizens. We now have good reason to be suspicious of any gun control
mandates that include disclosure of a person's Social Security number and
other personal information on purchase forms to be used ostensibly just to
clear the National Instant Check System; the kind of information Schumer wants
the government to retain.
"Americans have every right to be concerned," Gottlieb concluded, "that anti-gunners of Schumer's ilk, including those on his payroll, would use whatever
means available to dig up dirt on gun owners, just to find some reason why
they should not be allowed to own firearms. Schumer has yet to apologize for
the conduct of his subordinates, but then again, self-righteous demagogues
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