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NRA Declines Gun-Policy Meeting with Obama

March 15, 2011  | 

The National Rifle Association's chief executive has responded to President Obama's invitation to discuss gun policy with a, "No thank you," saying the president should focus the debate on dangerous criminals rather than guns.

"It shouldn't be a dialogue about guns; it really should be a dialogue about dangerous people," Wayne LaPierre told the New York Times.

The NRA has supported proposals to prevent gun sales to the mentally ill, strengthen a national system of background checks and spur states to provide needed data, LaPierre said.

Read the full story at NYTimes.com.

Tags: Gun Control Advocacy, Gun Rights Advocacy, Barack Obama, NRA


Comments (7)

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JD @ 3/15/2011 4:45 PM

Hooray for the NRA not to be used as a leftist media tool for Obama. As a lifelong cop, their are real issues other than taking away law abiding citizens rights. The real issue for the NRA is Obama's anti-constitutional beliefs.

mini28 @ 3/15/2011 6:18 PM

I'm glad the NRA doesn't want to deal with Obama. We need more criminal control not gun control. Execute the murderers and rapists. We don't need a Nuremberg Laws type deal against law abiding American citizens. We need more government control. It's time the legal law abiding citizens of the U.S. and not some other country have a say in how we want life to be. We need to vote these people out.

reg_law @ 3/16/2011 1:47 PM

Might be a good idea to read the whole story--including Obama's stated positions on the issues, which as the article points out aren't all that different from those stated by LaPierre--before siding with the NRA on this one. Used to be that snubbing an invitation from the President of the United States, whoever sat in the office, was considered poor form. If a Republican was sitting in the office, and a liberal group did the same thing, we'd be calling them names.

Michael @ 3/17/2011 12:09 AM

I for one could careless if the President felt the NRA rejected him. This President has already stated his position on guns in his campaign.
This is the most anti-american president we have ever had. He is a "turncoat" in my book, says one thing and then says something else that serves him better at a later time. This man wants to make all of us equal, take away more of our rights, more taxes on people that are successful, and take our constitutional rights away.
He is only interested in serving himself, and to giveaway this country alittle bit at a time and bankrupt this country.

reg_law @ 3/17/2011 1:41 PM

Michael, you miss the point. Like him or not as a person, respect him or not as a person, he is still the President of the United States. As a LEO (I will assume) you know the importance of respect for the office and rank, even if the person in that position is not one you agree with. If anyone can snub this President because they disagree with him, then another group can feel free to snub the next one because they don't agree with him. We in this profession, above all, should see the danger to order in a situation like that. I think the NRA is setting a bad precedent, or rather continuing one, since GOP legislators have already done something similar. I predict this will not turn out well, and will cause more damage to our democracy than any one occupant of the Oval Office could.

David Orth @ 3/19/2011 8:14 AM

reg_law did President Obama respect the Cambridge officer when he said he "acted stupidly" in making a lawful arrest espeecially admitting that he didn't know the facts? I think not. Unless you've been hiding under a rock or simply chose to look the other way, the left and most of the media has shown very little respect for former President Bush or his father before him, the majority of the media even used their proper title "President" only "Bush" or "Mr. Bush."

Many called him Hitler, one even said that he and every Republican member of congress should be "hung by the lamp post" over the Iraq War, even though the majority of Democrats voted in favor of "taking that action. There is a blatant double standard here whether you choose to admit it or not.

Regarding the NRA's refusal to talk to President Obama about "gun control" I, as a member, would've expected nothing less. He's made his position clear...he doesn't support the 2nd Amendment, or believe it is an individual right. Why would the NRA talk to him about it?

reg_law @ 3/28/2011 7:46 AM

Oh come on, David Orth. The issue of the forum was reducing gun violence. The NRA has stated an interest in this issue. The Obama Administration has accepted the ruling of the USSC on the issue of interpretation of the 2nd Amendment and it wasn't on the agenda. Fight a new battle. That's not what this was about.

As for the attacks on President Bush, those were the work of a few leftist extremists like Michael Moore and MoveOn.org. You are not suggesting the NRA take their cue from such as them, are you? And the "hang from the lightposts" comment came from a leftist wingnut, not the leader of a responsible organization. In any case, no responsible citizen should condone such disrespect of the office of President, wherever it comes from. I don't; you clearly don't.

And the media has referred to presidents by their last names or "Mr." throughout history: "Mr. Washington, Mr. Lincoln, Mr. President..." All news organizations do that because it is correct. So is referring to a person by their last name if their identity is clear. Check the style books. It is now Mr. Obama and Obama.

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