WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association expressed disappointment that Vice President Joe Biden wanted to talk about gun control in a meeting at the White House Thursday to discuss responses to the Sandy Hook school shooting last month.
A statement released by the organization said they were prepared to discuss just about anything — that is anything other than gun control.
“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,” the group said.
The NRA said they will oppose efforts to tighten gun laws following the shooting. “We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen.”
Vice President Joe Biden signalled earlier Thursday that he will recommend that Obama fight to restrict high capacity magazines and make background checks universal.The group’s full statement is below:
Fairfax, Va. – 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.
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