Sunday, October 24, 2010
"Analysis of an Associated Press report released over the weekend shows that Americans
need to be able to defend themselves and others from terrorist attacks right here within the United States," gun rights expert John Snyder said here today.
Snyder cited an AP article stating that "a U.S.-born spokesman for al-Qaida on Saturday urged Muslims living in the United States and Europe to carry out attacks there, calling it a duty and an obligation."
Snyder said that, "Law-abiding American citizens must be able to get, carry and use firearms needed for self-defense without unnecessary legal encumbrances. This includes handguns."
A former National Rifle Association editor, Snyder is Public Affairs Director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and Treasurer of the Second Amendment Foundation.
Snyder noted the AP piece quoted a director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Michigan chapter stating with regard to the spokesman's statement that, "I see little or no chance of such sentiment taking root in metropolitan Detroit."
"However," said Snyder, "the director did not condemn the spokesman's statement."
Snyder added that, "Law enforcement and intelligence agencies work diligently to prevent terrorist attacks on law-abiding Americans. However, as competent as they may be, they can't be everyplace at every moment and Americans wouldn't want them to be. In the final analysis, the responsibility for self-defense resides in the hands of individuals.
"Public officials, journalists, clergymen, educators, and merchants ought to realize that guns in the hands of responsible citizens can save lives and are necessary for personal and public safety."
John M. Snyder
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