January 8th, 2013
01:40 PM ET
2 years ago

NRA will participate in White House gun violence meetings

Washington (CNN) – A representative of the National Rifle Association will participate in a meeting this week with Vice President Joe Biden's gun violence task force, a spokesman for the gun lobbyist said on Tuesday.

Spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said the group received an invitation on late Friday to participate and that "We are sending a rep to hear what they have to say." The NRA said James J. Baker, the director of federal relations for NRA's Institute of Legislative Action, would be representing the group at the White House.

Another major gun rights group, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), will also participate in the meetings, which are slated for Wednesday and Thursday. The NSSF is based in Newtown, Connecticut, the site of last month's deadly shooting at an elementary school that sparked the creation of Biden's panel.

The NSSF said it welcomed the opportunity to become part of a "full national conversation" to protect children and communities from violence.

Days after the massacre in Newtown, President Barack Obama appointed Biden to lead the panel that will provide recommendations to prevent another mass shooting. The president gave the group a deadline of "no later than January."

Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said Tuesday that Biden's panel was "engaging a variety of stakeholders – organizations and individuals - to look broadly at the problem of gun violence in America and to consider actions that could be taken at legislative level and elsewhere."

While Obama himself said during an interview on "Meet the Press" that he was skeptical of the NRA's proposal to put armed guards in schools, Carney said the president "doesn't want to prejudge any recommendations that any stakeholder may present."

A senior administration official said Tuesday that Biden would hold meetings this week with victims' advocacy groups and gun safety organizations, as well as with groups representing gun owners. The official added the vice president would meet with representatives of the entertainment and video game industries.

Those meetings will result in a package of recommendations to be presented to Obama, the official said. The president will then announce which of those proposals he'll push.

CNN's Brianna Keilar and Dan Lothian contributed to this report.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Ind.

    The push against guns sells more guns than any PR could ever do.

    Democrats, give them an inch and the'll take a mile.

    January 8, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    My question is what will they say during these meetings? Are they willing to work with everyone about changes to the rules? If they don't and obstruct everything even close to reasonable, then they will be working like the GOP in Congress.

    @Al, that is a great idea. Part of the problem with the attack in CT was that the mother didn't secure the weapons in her house.

    January 8, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. CryBabies

    @ Gurgyl...Stay away from the MSLSD , smell the coffee and learn how to structure a proper sentence. Your ranting is idiotic!

    January 8, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Charlie Daniels

    Hey there Gurgyler – Ban guns from law abiding citizens and see how many are killed in the following weeks from criminals and sooner or later terrorists. To say a semi-auto AR is an "assault rifle", as so many of you put it because it looks military, is any more dangerous than a pistol is ludicrous. The NRA protects the rights of Americans which many of you forget.

    January 8, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. The REAL Truth...

    @myviewis – been to any middle or high schools in urban areas lately ??? Most ALREADY have police officers on location. Any perp could take out a class at one end of the facility LONG before the officer could arrive. Proliferating weapons is NOT the solution. I don't know what IS the solution, but making school admin staff have CHL's or having teachers have CHL's is NOT a valid solution. Kids KNOW everything that goes on in a school and they WILL know who has the CHL's or weapons available. They would jump the individual – perhaps kill the teacher – then do what they wanted. Plus, it would give gangs easy access, and so on. We need to ban hand guns except for those legally required to carry them, such as cops, and ENFORCE stiff penalties for violators. Ban large-clip mags, automatic weapons, block the gun show loop holes and require gun purchasers to PAY for the background checks for EACH gun they own.
    Sure this will impact LEGAL gun owners, but it won't violate the 2nd AM and they'll get used to it.

    SOMETHING needs to be done, or we can all just ACCEPT that incidents like Columbine, Aurora and Sandy Hook are COLLATERAL DAMAGE from the 2nd AM.

    January 8, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    AL in West Palm Beach

    For all those of us who want Government to CUT SPENDING all the time, but are truly entertaining the idea of sending one or two armed police offices to every school in the country. Let me ask you this simple question:

    ARE YOU GOING TO PAY MORE TAXES TO FUND THIS NEW SPENDING?
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    No, of course not. They want people to be able to bring their own pieces into the schools. Sort of like grown up "show and tell." To those people I have two words, "home schooling".

    January 8, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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