Why Won't S.A.F.E. Debate?
by Ari Armstrong, June 23, 2000
In front of witnesses including members of the press, Arnie Grossman and John Head, founders of the anti-gun lobby group Sane Alternatives to the Firearms Epidemic, the name of which likens gun ownership to a disease, agreed to debate Bob Glass and David Kopel about S.A.F.E.'s petition to expand background registration checks to private sales at gun shows.
Grossman and Head later broke their promise and refused to participate in the debate, even though Glass offered to let S.A.F.E. set the time, place, and format of the debate.
On Tuesday, June 20, the Tyranny Response Team took to the streets of Denver to protest the deceit of Grossman and Head. Around fifteen civil arms advocates joined Glass, first in front of Head's law office on 17th Street and later in front of S.A.F.E. headquarters near Union Station. Members held signs and handed out literature about the S.A.F.E. initiative. The demonstration lasted from noon till around 2:30.
"What are they afraid of?" wondered Glass. "If they're so sure their position is the correct one, what do they have to fear from public debate?"
Prior to the demonstration, Glass sent out a press release explaining how Grossman and Head refused to debate after initially agreeing to do so. He said the public deserves to hear a moderated discussion.
Leaders of S.A.F.E. have said they don't want to debate so long as the polls show them leading on the issue. Apparently they feel voter ignorance is bliss.
The Firearms Coalition has published information critical of the S.A.F.E. petition at http://cssa.org/home/fcc/register.gif and http://cssa.org/home/fcc/scan1-1.gif, as has the Colorado Freedom Report at www.freecolorado.com/2000/06/freedom.html. Meanwhile, leaders of S.A.F.E. seem content with hollow sound-bites and blind emotionalism.