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Rights Advocate Blasts Obama for Gun Bureau Appointment
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Washington , DC
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"President Obama once again is showing his true colors as an anti-gun ideologue with his appointment of a career anti-gun bureaucrat as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE)," gun rights expert John Snyder said here today.

"This shot against America's 100 million law-abiding firearm owners could be critical in Obama's 2012 reelection campaign," Snyder added. "It certainly is bound to solidify opposition to his presidency."

A former National Rifle Association editor, Snyder is Public Affairs Director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and serves on the board of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. Shotgun News named him the senior rights activist in Washington.

Snyder said the Obama appointee, Andrew Traver, special agent in charge of BATFE's Chicago office, "has a history of anti-gun owner activity. He participated in the 2007 anti-gun Great Lakes Summit on Gun Violence put on by the anti-gun International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) with the support of the anti-gun Joyce Foundation.

"As an IACP advisor on its so-called 'Gun Violence Reduction Project,' Traver worked to mischaracterize semiautomatic firearms as 'assault weapons' in a duplicitous attempt to get Congress to ban them. He worked with IACP to attack gun shows through the promotion of onerous regulations in an attempt to undermine or eliminate them. He worked with IACP to promote repeal of privacy provisions of the Tiahrt amendment, which provisions protect law-abiding firearms manufacturers and dealers from harassing third-party lawsuits by anti-gun local officials."

Snyder said "this is just the latest in a series of obamanistic anti-gun appointments. His two selections for the Supreme Court as well as his selection of an Attorney General have put him at odds with American gun owners. So have a number of his other appointments. So has his support for an anti-gun Inter-American arms covenant. So has his support for an anti-gun United Nations treaty.

"The 2012 campaign for the White House already has begun, and the individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms now will be a major factor in that contest."

John M. Snyder
Telum Associates, LLC
Arlington, VA
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