Wednesday, March 16, 2011

National Rifle Association - #2726 - NRA Refuses to Meet with Obama on Gun Control - The Blaze

On Tuesday, officials at the Justice Department met with gun control advocates, answering President Obama’s call to put aside “stale political debates” to begin “a new discussion” on ways to better enforce and strengthen America’s existing laws in the wake of the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson. Missing from the dialogue, however, was the National Rifle Association (NRA) who pointedly responded to the president’s invitation: thanks, but no thanks......In an open letter (pdf) delivered to the White House Monday, Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox, Executive Director of the NRA‘s Institute for Legislative Action criticized Obama’s call for a renewed dialogue on gun control and encouraged him instead to crack down on crime, not gun rights.  “[T]o focus a national dialogue on guns — and not criminals or mental health issues — misses the point entirely,” LaPierre and Cox wrote. “If you do in fact believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right, we suggest you demonstrate that in your policies and those of your Administration, which you have not done to tdate. Simply saying that you support the right to keep and bear arms is mere lip service if not put into action.”  Read more.......

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