Would it surprise you to learn Thursday’s meeting between the NRA and the administration’s gun violence task force didn’t go very well? Frustrated members of the NRA came out with guns blazing afterwards issuing a statement expressing their disappointment 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.” Egad.
Here is the full statement from the NRA:
The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again. We attended today’s White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals.
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. It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, 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.
The task force, led by Vice President Joe Biden, is supposed to compile concrete ways to stop future mass shootings like that at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and they will give their list of recommendations to President Obama next Tuesday. Biden will meet with sports and wildlife groups, women’s groups, the gaming and movie industry, and other gun safety advocacy groups in the coming days.
With neither the NRA nor the task force able to find any common ground, NRA President David Keene said he felt the task force could now simply move down their checklist, “check the box,” and say they had their obligatory talks with the NRA on gun issues. According to Politico, Keene told CNN, “We are not going to agree on these gun questions,” and he “dismiss[ed] the administration’s plans as ‘feel-good proposals.’”
Biden, speaking to the press at the meeting, said there are more calls than ever before about “the need to do something about high-capacity magazines,” recognizing, though, “this is a complicated issue.”
Watch Biden’s statement to the press here: