Skip to comments.PRISON RELEASE IDEA ‘AN OUTRAGE,’ SAYS CCRKBA; ADVISES CITIZENS TO ARM THEMSELVES
Posted on 04/04/2008 3:45:21 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants
Citizens Committee for the
Right to Keep and Bear Arms
12500 N.E. Tenth Place
Bellevue, WA 98005
For Immediate Release: April 4, 2008
BELLEVUE, WA – Reports that state lawmakers are considering the release of thousands of prison inmates across the country to save money amount to a public outrage, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
The Associated Press reported Friday morning that legislators in several states are considering the move to prop up state budgets. One report said those released might include “drug addicts, thieves and even violent criminals.”
“Before we waste time wondering what raving lunatics are behind this idea,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, so-author of America Fights Back: Armed Self-Defense in a Violent Age, published by Merril Press, “it seems more prudent to advise the citizens who are faced with this ominous proposal that now would be a good time to start exercising their constitutional right to keep and bear arms. After all, the message that this sends to the public seems pretty simple: If you don’t own a gun, get one. If you’re not licensed to carry, you better apply now because cash-strapped state lawmakers obviously don’t care about the crime wave they’re about to unleash.”
At least eight states, according to the report, are considering early inmate releases to save money. The list includes Kentucky, California, Mississippi and Rhode Island; all states with serious budget crises on their hands.
“This idea is beyond crazy,” Gottlieb observed. “It borders on criminal malfeasance. With all the billions of dollars that Americans pay in taxes, it is both alarming and pathetic that legislatures find themselves without the funds to provide basic public safety, and that includes funding prisons to keep criminals where they belong, instead of turning them loose to prey on the public. Maybe instead of releasing hardened criminals, state governments should release a lot of bureaucrats to the unemployment lines. Lawmakers whose wasteful spending practices put their budgets in this mess ought to be held accountable in November.
“This is a wake-up call for all taxpayers – gun owners and non-gun owners alike – to start asking some very tough questions about how lawmakers are spending their money,” he concluded. “In the meantime, realizing that local police are already outmanned and stretched to the limit, citizens will have to take a greater responsibility for their own safety, and that includes being armed. The same lawmakers who typically support laws to take our guns are now leaving the public with no alternative but to arm themselves.”
But they WILL keep enforcing the traffic laws - revenue enhancement don’t you know?
These "lawmakers" need to be removed from office immediately. They've failed to do the job we've elected them to do. Take back control of this nation.
“The list includes Kentucky, California,”
The story is from Washington, I have to wonder if Oregon is in there, too. My, the I-5 corridor is going to get interesting all the way up and down the left coast.
Unless you live in Illinois or Wisconsin.
Release prisoners, or eliminate legislators’ staffs.
Wonder which the citizenry would choose.
Maybe a few activists should start writing some initiatives, and find out.
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