As you know, President Obama has called for a series of eminently sensible gun control measures in the wake of the Arizona massacre. He called for the standardizing and streamlining of our national background check system, and didn’t even raise the possibility of a ban on the sort of high-capacity magazine that likely maximized the carnage in the Arazona shooting, because it’s a nonstarter with the “gun rights” crowd. The Obama administration is requesting meetings with stakeholders on all sides of the gun control debate in hopes of reaching an agreement on how to reform the system to prevent further massacres.
Wayne La Pierre, the president of the National Rifle Association, is rebuffing this request. But as Ben Armbruster notes, this is despite the fact that La Pierre and Obama actually agree on much of the substance of the issue, which the NRA is working hard to obscure:
So why is Wayne LaPierre misrepresenting Obama’s views and rejecting his olive branch? Since everyone seems to agree on a path forward, the answer seems to be quite clear: money and self-preservation. Since President Obama took office, the NRA has benefited significantly in increased membership, due primarily to baseless and unfounded fears actively promoted by NRA officials, supporters and sympathizers, that Obama wants to eliminate the Second Amendment and take away everyone’s guns.