BELLEVUE, WA — The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today extend their heartfelt sympathy to the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Area Rapid Transit and their families for their horrible losses Thursday night.

“The horrific events last night in Dallas should remind us all of the great sacrifices of our law enforcement professionals and their families,” said Alan Gottlieb, SAF founder and executive vice president. He also chairs the CCRKBA. “We mourn along with all Americans over the senselessness of Thursday night’s mayhem.”

“There can be no justification for this cowardly act, but we are confident there will be justice,” he said. “At the same time, we abhor any attempt to exploit this hateful crime, which appeared to target police, to press a political agenda that would penalize millions of law-abiding American citizens.

“Make no mistake,” Gottlieb stressed. “The person or persons who did this bear the sole responsibility. We are confident that authorities in Texas will bring the full force of existing law against anyone who was involved in this terrible attack.

“We applaud the calm demeanor of Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who earlier today shared some possible motives for last night’s deplorable crime,” Gottlieb concluded. “If this was some sort of hate crime, that hatred was unleashed against all Americans. We know there are deep divisions in America today. Murder is not the way to solve that, and neither is political exploitation.”