BELLEVUE, WA – In a joint statement recognizing today’s observance of Constitution Day, the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms are calling on all Americans to protect their Second Amendment rights.

“Elitist billionaires including Michael Bloomberg are currently waging a war to erode our right to keep and bear arms,” said Alan M. Gottlieb, SAF founder and executive vice president, and also CCRKBA chairman. “By using their vast wealth to launch and support anti-gun-rights ballot measures, or to buy political influence or slick, deceptive advertising, the gun prohibition lobby is devoting enormous energy and financial resources to chip away at the cornerstone of our Bill of Rights.

“For more than two centuries,” he continued, “the Second Amendment has protected this nation and its citizens from foreign invasion and tyranny. It has empowered generations of our citizens to defend their homes and families, and to defend freedom around the world.

“While gun banners have tried to relegate the right to keep and bear arms to a heavily-regulated government privilege,” Gottlieb observed, “it is up to each of us to remember that the Second Amendment is equal to all the other individual rights delineated in the Bill of Rights. Those who would erase the Second Amendment have apparently not considered how easily it would be to erase the First or the Fourth or Fifth amendments, once the Second is gone.

“As citizens,” he concluded, “we have an obligation to all those who have sacrificed their lives down through the years to defend the freedom that is protected by the Constitution. And what has made that possible? The Second Amendment. It is the one right that protects all the other rights, and it has set us apart from the rest of the nations of the world.”