BELLEVUE, WA â€“ A volatile â€œassessmentâ€ of so-called â€œRightwing Extremismâ€ by the Obama administrationâ€™s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is an insult to political conservatives, military veterans and American gun owners, and demands an immediate apology, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
â€œWe recognize that many conservative gun owners will feel threatened by this Obama administration report,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. â€œIt appears that DHS under Janet Napolitano is trying to demonize political dissent.â€
The chilling nine-page document likens citizens opposed to new firearms restrictions, returning veterans and conservatives to â€œrightwing extremistsâ€ and associates them with white supremacists and violent antigovernment groups.
â€œEvery action has an equal and opposite reaction,â€ he continued. â€œWe feel the appropriate reaction is through the ballot box and jury box. Conservative American citizens shouldnâ€™t be pushed into any acts that could be exploited by the administration to further its agenda. If there are any acts of violence that occur because of the Obama Administration policy of chilling dissent, they bear the blame as much as the perpetrators.
â€œAnyone in the administration trying to use this technique should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,â€ Gottlieb stated. â€œThis administration needs to be reminded that its words and actions have consequences, and irresponsible statements, reports and actions fuel fires that are counterproductive to democracy in America.
â€œThe authors of this assessment are pushing an â€˜Us-against-Themâ€™ philosophy,â€ he said. â€œThey, along with Secretary Napolitano, owe every conservative American, every veteran and every gun owner who supports limited government an apology.
â€œItâ€™s ironic,â€ Gottlieb concluded, â€œthat President Obamaâ€™s friend, William Ayers, is a leftwing terrorist bomber, but nothing in this report suggests monitoring his activities.â€