The NRA seems to be intimidated by President Obama and his new executive actions.
In the wake of Congressional inaction, President Barack Obama directed federal agencies to begin carrying out a series of new steps to reduce gun violence this Monday, following up on Tuesday with an emotional speech during which the president “presented a renewed push for further action and funding by Congress.”
Pres. Obama blasted the gun lobby during the speech, calling out the National Rifle Association (NRA) by name, insisting that his executive actions were “not a plot to take away everybody’s guns.”
“I believe in the Second Amendment, there written on paper, that guarantees the right to bear arms,” Obama said, adding: “No matter how many times people try to twist my words around, I taught constitutional law. I know a little bit about this. But I also believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment.”
CNN reports that the NRA, “the nation’s largest gun rights organization declined Wednesday to send official representatives to a nationally televised town hall with President Barack Obama on gun violence — just days after the president reignited a discussion over this controversial topic.”
“The National Rifle Association sees no reason to participate in a public relations spectacle orchestrated by the White House,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told CNN, which is moderating the live town hall Thursday evening in Virginia. The NRA strengthened its comment after initially saying the White House had “organized” the event.
However, that excuse not to appear by the NRA loses weight considered in the light of the fact that, according to a CNN spokesperson, “it was the network, not the White House, that proposed the idea of a town hall on guns, and noted the audience would be evenly divided between organizations that support the Second Amendment including NRA members as well as groups that back gun regulation.”
It seems that the NRA has no interest in a level playing field when it comes to debating the issue of common sense solutions to America’s gun violence.