President Obama’s invitation to sit down and talk about ways to reduce gun violence in America was met with the National Rifle Association’s usual stubborn refusal to stop the bloodshed in favor of selling more weapons. The NRA’s ridiculous stance was roundly – and deservedly – criticized by editorial writers and columnists across the nation.
From the Atlanta Constitution-Journal:
NRA DESPERATE FOR WAYS TO PRETEND IT’S UNDER ATTACK
The sad truth is, LaPierre’s salary and the NRA’s bureaucracy and fund-raising depend on maintaining the illusion that there can be no consensus about common-sense gun laws. “You’re either for guns or you’re against guns,” as the saying goes, and if the test of being “for guns” is to support ever more nonsensical gun legislation, as it has become here in Georgia, the NRA is perfectly willing to make that claim stick.
From the New Jersey Star-Ledger:
NRA MISFIRES ON GUN POLICY DISCUSSION
The arrogance of the National Rifle Association is breathtaking. An invitation from President Obama to join a discussion about gun policy was dismissed out of hand by Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president. Obama had the temerity to seek consensus by bringing together gun control advocates and the NRA. It’s the kind of civil discourse Americans say they crave. But apparently not the NRA.
WHY THE NRA WON’T TALK GUN CONTROL WITH OBAMA
A top advocate for gun control in Congress, New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn McCarthy calls LaPierre’s refusal to join the meetings “foolish.” …The nation’s porous background-check system allowed Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in January’s mass shooting that wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, to purchase a handgun from a licensed dealer despite indications he was mentally ill. His background check at the dealer came back clean. LaPierre vehemently opposes any attempt to close the “gun show loophole,” saying it wasn’t a factor in Tuscon.
From the Seattle-Times:
OBAMA SHOULD STAND UP TO NRA BULLIES
Obama observed last week that “bullying can have destructive consequences for our young people.” It can also have destructive consequences for politicians. The president could set a good example by standing up to the bullies of the NRA.