The National Rifle Association responded strongly to President Barack Obama’s executive order on guns issued Tuesday
The NRA tweeted as Obama was speaking at the White House: “President Obama’s executive orders will do nothing to improve public safety. #2A #fact.”
Obama cried as he spoke about the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre and then talked about expanding gun background checks.
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He said: “I believe in the Second Amendment, there written on paper, that guarantees the right to bear arms. No matter how many 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.”
Top NRA official Chris Cox said in a statement about Obama:
The American people do not need more emotional, condescending lectures that are completely devoid of facts. The men and women of the National Rifle Association take a back seat to no one when it comes to keeping our communities safe. But the fact is that President Obama’s proposals would not have prevented any of the horrific events he mentioned. The timing of this announcement, in the eighth and final year of his presidency, demonstrates not only political exploitation but a fundamental lack of seriousness.
The National Rifle Association stated:
The proposed executive actions are ripe for abuse by the Obama administration, which has made no secret of its contempt for the Second Amendment. The NRA will continue to fight to protect the fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms as guaranteed under our Constitution. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be harassed or intimidated for engaging in lawful, constitutionally-protected activity-nor will we allow them to become scapegoats for President Obama’s failed policies.