Second Amendment Foundation won’t support armed protests
By Andrew Shepperson
Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation.
The Second Amendment Foundation, one of the largest gun advocacy groups in the country, has come out and said they can no longer support the carrying of firearms at protests.
While the foundation has represented gun owners in some major cases in recent years, founder and executive vice president Alan Gottlieb told the Washington Times this week that armed public protests are something they can’t defend.
“We are not a fan of armed protests and highly discourage that,” said Gottlieb. “Firearms serve a purpose, and the purpose is not a mouthpiece. It’s to defend yourself. If you are carrying it to make a political point, we are not going to support that.”
Gottlieb’s statement comes in the aftermath of the violent Charlottesville protests, in which groups of neo-Nazis and white supremacists clashed with counter protesters earlier this month. The protests took a deadly turn when a neo-Nazi drove a car into a group of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.
Though no one was shot at the rally, some have said protesters openly carrying firearms only escalated an already tense situation.
“There are many in the gun community who believe the open carriers pose