Political leaders in Washington should focus on expanding the right of Americans to self-defense.
West Bend, WI – The Concealed Carry Association of America, which is the nation’s largest and fastest growing self-defense association dedicated to responsible gun owners, issued the following statement ahead of President Biden’s speech in California today, where he is expected to announce a new executive order regarding the sale and storage of weapons.
Please attribute the following statement to katie pointer baney who is the General Director of Government Affairs of the US Concealed Carry Association (USCA). Katie is also available today for on-camera and phone interviews to respond to the President’s announcement.
“The reality is that nothing in the president’s executive order today would have done anything to prevent the recent mass shootings in California, Michigan or elsewhere. California, in particular, already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, but cities like Los Angeles continue to be plagued by violent crime.
“It is time for the President and political leaders across the country to have an honest conversation with the American people and recognize that there is no legislative solution that will permanently solve the problem of gun violence.
“Criminals, by definition, do NOT follow the law, which is why proposals like the President’s latest executive order will ultimately only target law-abiding gun owners, not violent criminals. Most public mass shootings already take place in so-called “gun-free zones,” and according to the president’s own Justice Department, criminals who use firearms during a crime obtain them illegally 90 percent of the time. .
“The failure of political leaders in Washington and state capitals, particularly in states like California, to address the root causes of violent crime is why millions of Americans today choose to be their family’s first line of defense by buy a firearm and receive training. Our elected leaders should stand with these law-abiding Americans instead of finding more ways to hinder their right to defend themselves.”
- In particular, the president’s new call for more restrictions on Americans’ right to self-defense comes after a new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that most Americans oppose a federal ban on “weapons of assault”. In fact, the poll showed a 10-point increase in the opposition since the question was last asked in 2019.
- According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, nearly 30% of the 18.5 million firearms purchased in the United States in 2021 were for first-time owners. Similar surveys have also shown massive increases in first-time gun purchases by African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American communities. While it often gets little attention from the national media, there are countless cases (check out this map, for example) of a hidden luggage rack stopping criminals from murdering innocent people.
- To date, more than 350,000 Americans have signed a USCCA-sponsored petition urging their representatives in Washington to prioritize and help pass national concealed-carry reciprocity. Across the country there has been broad support for easing restrictions on law-abiding gun owners.
- In 2022, the record gun sales trend also continued, as 5 million background checks were logged for firearm purchases. As sales skyrocketed, so did the demand for firearms safety and training courses.
About the USCCA. The US Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) is an association of responsibly armed Americans whose members obtain exceptional self-defense education, life-saving training, and self-defense liability insurance, preparing them for before, during and after a legal act of self-defense. defending. The USCCA is the largest and fastest growing self-defense association dedicated to responsible gun owners.