NRA desperate for ways to pretend it’s under attack (Atlanta Constitution-Journal)
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.
NRA Misfires on Gun Policy Decision (New Jersey Star-Ledger)
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 (CNN.com)
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.
Obama Should Stand Up to Gun Control Bullies (Seattle-Times)
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.
Obama, Guns and Media Control (Reuters)
Common sense has not been in abundant supply in decades of on-again, off-again debate on guns and violence. As to finding common ground between the leading gun lobby and advocates of better controls, the NRA’s Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre, says his group will “absolutely not” take part in the sort of meeting envisaged by Obama. Such a meeting, he said in a series of media interviews, would be with people opposed to the constitutional right to bear arms.
Talking to people of different views is obviously not a concept the politically powerful gun lobby intends to embrace.
Gun Control Legislation Needs to Be A Reality (The Loyola Phoenix)
For the next two weeks, Justice Department officials will be meeting with gun control advocates in Washington. I urge these government administrators to forget about the NRA’s bantering and to take more action to close the gun show loophole by encouraging states to push for mandatory gun licensing. Legally buying a gun shouldn’t be as easy as going to your neighborhood garage sale.