By J. Smith
The National Rifle Association turned down an invitation to meet with the Obama administration to discuss gun control policy at the Justice Department. The snub, according to Politico, signals that the nation’s largest gun lobby isn’t willing to come to the table on a Democratic president’s terms. In an interview with the New York Times, Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president, said, “Why should I or the NRA go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?”
Yawn. The whole thinly-vieled racism thing is getting old. How convenient it must be to have a cause to stand behind and sheild yourself from accusations of racism. Ok, so let’s say it’s not racism and this guy — the leader of an influential organization — just doesn’t understand the concept of an olive branch or the value of communicating with people who do not agree with him. If that’s the case then the state of affairs is even sadder.
According to Politico, LaPierre cited Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton as examples of the people who are trying to destroy the Second Amendment. Keep in mind that Hilary Clinton has little, if anything, to do with gun control policy.
The president wrote an op-ed in Sunday’s Arizona Daily Star saying that he was, “willing to bet that responsible law-abiding gun owners agree that we should be able to keep an irresponsible, law-breaking few — dangerous criminals and fugitives, for example — from getting their hands on a gun in the first place.” In a response, LaPierre and others sent a letter to President Obama arguing that his administration needs to improve its overall enforcement of the laws already on the books instead of singling out guns and gun owners.
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