Tonight's Concert about GUN
CONTROL, not victims of WTC!
From Dave LaCourse
October 2, 2001
Tonight the people at TNT cable channel are having a gun control fund-raising
concert honoring John Lennon while claiming "some" of the money will
go to the disaster relief funds. The rest goes to the Million Mom March, Brady
Handgun Control and the Violence Policy Center.
You may wish to watch as a 1-800 will likely be flashed across the screen
repeatedly. Our concern is that money from the 1-800 might be going to support
gun control. If that is the case, use your best judgement.
Here is a release that the CCRKBA put out on the "concert."
BRADY CAMPAIGN AND VIOLENCE POLICY CENTER CONSPIRING TO DUPE AMERICANS
WITH LENNON TRIBUTE CONCERT
For Immediate Release: Contact: Alan Gottlieb (425) 454-4911
BELLEVUE, WA - The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
(CCRKBA) today condemned three gun control organizations for attempting to dupe
Americans into financially supporting their cause by contributing to a benefit
concert airing Oct. 2 on TNT.
Americans who contribute to the John Lennon Tribute benefit concert in the
belief they are supporting relief organizations that responded to the World
Trade Center Attack could find their donations going instead to the Brady Center
to Prevent Gun Violence, Million Mom March and Violence Policy Center.
The concert, initially set for Sept. 20, was re-scheduled for broadcast
tonight on TNT. Originally intended to benefit the three anti-gun groups, the
scope was expanded to include the American Red Cross, International Association
of Fire Fighters, September 11th Fund, New York Fraternal Order of Police WTC
Fund, National Organization for Victim Assistance and the Twin Towers Fund. Now,
according to a Brady Center press release "a portion" of the proceeds
will be divided among those organizations. Exactly what percentage was not
"This is an outrage," declared CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.
"The gun control crowd has crawled to a new low, and now hopes to exploit
this national tragedy to rake in money to help bankroll their political agenda.
Don't these people have any shame?"
Gottlieb hailed the heroic efforts of Red Cross volunteers, police and
firefighters, and rescue workers who traveled immediately to New York following
the vicious terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. He urged all Americans
to be as generous as possible with their contributions to the actual relief
"American are generous, compassionate people," Gottlieb stated.
"We were all attacked Sept. 11, not only in New York City and at the
Pentagon. And now America wants to support those brave men and women who
responded to the call, risking, and in some cases, losing their lives in the
process. That the Brady Center and its cohorts would stoop to take advantage of
America's generosity by this so-called act of sharing the stage with relief
organizations is a disgrace."
Gottlieb noted recent disclosures that the Brady Center and Million Moms have
fallen on hard financial times because people have learned that gun control is a
"This amounts to nothing more than a despicable attempt by the gun
control lobby to balance its books," Gottlieb charged.
He pointed to a statement on the Brady Center's own website promoting this
expanded benefit, by Center President Michael D. Barnes, as proof. Said Barnes:
"In the wake of the tragic events last week in New York and Washington,
D.C., it has been brought home, for many of us very personally, that every life
is important. Not one life should be lost to senseless acts of violence. Now
more than ever, we must redouble our efforts to prevent gun violence in
"The attack on Sept. 11 did not involve a single gun," Gottlieb
replied. "This was a terrorist act, in which the perpetrators used knives
and box cutters to commandeer four commercial airplanes, which they turned into
guided missiles. Until now, I had always thought that there existed, in the
anti-gun movement, at least some shred of human decency. It is with utter
disappointment that I now stand corrected."
With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens
Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation's premier gun
rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is
dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected
officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in
local communities throughout the United States.
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Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit New York City relief organizations
including the American Red Cross ... in addition to the Violence Policy Center,
The Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March.