Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association (NRA), speaks during a news conference in Washington December 21, 2012. NRA, the powerful U.S. gun rights lobby, went on the offensive on Friday arguing that schools should have ar
Wayne LaPierre and a pair of cold, dead hands
Vice President Joe Biden, who will present his recommendations for comprehensive gun violence legislation to President Obama next Tuesday, wasted his time on Thursday meeting with representatives of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Because while Biden's recommendations are:
... expected to address a number of angles and topics on gun policy, ranging from the availability of certain firearms and ammunition to data collection between federal and state law enforcement agencies ... a top priority would be to create a more thorough system of background checks to prevent those with criminal histories or mental illness from purchasing weapons.
... and:
... cracking down on sales that are already illegal. One possibility is tougher laws against straw purchasing with longer prison terms for those who buy guns for others.
The NRA's reaction to these common sense ideas was to issue a statement saying:
We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment. While claiming that no policy proposals would be “prejudged,” this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners - honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans.
Yup. Restricting access to assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, doing background checks and keeping guns out of the hands of criminals or the mentally ill is an attack.

So what will the NRA do next?

... we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works - and what does not.
Translation? They'll use money and threats to maintain their sweet, sweet relationship with "the $12-billion-a-year gun industry, made up of manufacturers and sellers of firearms, ammunition and related wares," rather than advocate for the "over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons" that the NRA claims to represent.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 01:15 PM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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