Why the NRA won't talk gun control with Obama
March 16th, 2011
04:24 PM ET
11 years ago

Why the NRA won't talk gun control with Obama

Washington (CNN) - The chief spokesman for the National Rifle Association is expected to get an invitation any day now to sit down at the Justice Department for talks aimed at reaching a consensus on new gun control legislation.

But don't put down NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre as a "yes."


Filed under: NRA • President Obama
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  1. James Clay

    Memo To the Justice Department:

    How about enforcing the laws that are already in place? Or have have you decided not to enforce those laws, too?

    March 16, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Squigman

    Nothing better than watching a bunch of pot bellied, short haired, narrow minded morons refusing to talk, when violence makes a much better statement. It's no wonder the youth of the nation has a violent streak. From the time they are old enough to set upright at the dinner table,they hear how much hatred there is, when old dad raves on about how his day went, and how much he hates other races, and authority figures. And the hell of it is, it dosen't matter what color is doing the talking. Racism knows no boundry, much like ignorance.

    March 16, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    No news here. The NRA is the most right wing organization in America. Gun control to them is a myth. They see nothing wrong with a handgun be able to fire 31 rounds. The president just wants stricter background checks. That's a slap on the wrist if you ask me. Whackos like Laughner and the VA Tech shooter should have never been able to get these weapons, but the magazine capacity is what bothers me. You don't need a 31 shot clip for self defense unless you plan on getting in a shootout with the popo.

    March 16, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    The lobyists of NRA are typical Repubs – if you don't have a winable argument make up lies and talk trash to feed to the smooth brains who send you money, if that won't work – cry about being some kind of victim.

    March 16, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Irene Redecke

    To the NRA: You should be put out of business. How dare you think YOU can run the country with GUNS! They were
    invented to KILL. Hunting is NOT a SPORT either. No matter what you kill, IT'S NOT A SPORT. America is no longer
    THE WILD WEST. How many people defended themselves with a GUN? NONE. How many were victims? More than
    can be counted. Those rebels who wish to hang on to their guns should be put in the pokey to cool down.

    March 16, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. diridi

    Just ignore everything...pass gun control law.......that's it. This nation needs gun control law.....Arguing for gun laws saying when criminal has gun why don't we....it is all BS....big BS.....pass gun control.....o.k,

    March 16, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Fred In LA

    If Yoko Ono had been trained and armed, John Lennon may still be alive today. Just sayin/.

    March 16, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. RB in FL

    That's right NRA you keep those guns free for every gangster, drug dealer, stalker, child molester, rapist, militia, fanatical religious group, KKK, Neo-Nazis, cop killer, sociopath, and psychopath. By having secure measures in place, so people like the kid in AZ, won't have access to a gun that is not a "social issue" that you want to tackle like real adults want to. The most powerful lobbyist group IS NOT the NEA (Teachers Union) it is the NRA. Gee, I wonder which one does the most damage?

    March 16, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    As a democrat I am for reform but the constitution gives every individual the right to bare arms. People argue the fact but if they intended for it to be militia only they would have worded it that way. We forget that most of the founding fathers lived during a period where a duel to the death was not uncommon. I'm also sure they took into account the evolution of guns.

    March 16, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. iamthatis

    Bottom line, if the nra clinge so close to the constitution then you should not discriminate against people who are mentally handicap and people who were convicted and tried criminally....If those people have to pay taxes they should have the same rights to hunt and defend themselves as well ! Who are we to deem we are more competent to hunt defend ourself because our brains are more so like the majority. Americans are people who pay taxes and perpetuate the american way! We are not GODS and to sentence a man to hell is determined by GOD and if a man has served his punishment then he should be back whole in contributions and civil liberties.

    March 16, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. kaligaclark

    The arguement I hear from the nra is that if "regular Americans" are carrying guns, people will not fire on innocent people. BS, nothing would have stopped the VA or AZ shooter! Also, what would have happened to the guys that disarmed the guy in AZ? Some yahoo with a gun would have seen this guy with a gun and someone that stopped the shooter would be dead! I don't care what anyone says, NO ONE should be able to take a gun into a bar! The nra use to be a good organization, one that cared about gun safety, but now have become some kind of gun crazed organization. They should have been the FIRST to come out against cheney! I have hunted and one of the first safety lessons you learn is, "DON'T SHOOT UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SHOOTING AT"! That way another hunter does NOT get shot in the face. I am sick and tired of hearing the nra say that everyone should have a gun and be able to carry to anywhere! THAT IS JUST WRONG!!!!

    March 16, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Minnesotan With A Brain

    Re: Irene Redecke @ March 16, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm
    "How many people defended themselves with a GUN? NONE"

    I beg to differ. Firearms are extremely helpful in defending yourself and your loved ones, particularly from Obama supporters.
    Perhaps we all would be better served if you stayed in your kitchen and baked cookies. You obviously have no grasp of reality.

    March 16, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Moderate Sean

    Typical of the NRA and the crack pots that run and attempt to represent legal gun owners! All they do is duck and cover by putting their heads deep in the sand when confronted with folks that have differing opinions than theirs. News Flash to the NRA – Just because folks don't agree with you, doesn't mean they are going to take your "guns" from you! Use some common sense for once, vice what you are using currently!

    March 16, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Another fluff piece providing batsh-t conservative ideologue nonsense dissemination in the guise of a legitimate controversy. The NRA? Who do you really think they work for anyway? Who do you think is going to be handing out mercenary pay if the majority of the middle-class finally wakes the hell up and throws a tantrum to overthrow corporate America's stranglehold over our government? This is total garbage...a distraction from what the GOP and their corporate masters are doing in places like WI, MI, OH and IN to literally take away our rights, prevent us from geting them back without open revolt, hand more control over our country to corporations and the rich and install themselves as permanent proxy puppets of those two special interests. CNN is as bad as Faux news. IF YOU'RE NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION, YOU'RE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

    March 16, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    Hmmm – if that neo-fascist group won't even talk, maybe I'll call NOW and cancel my membership. NO MORE DUES OR FEES FOR ME TO THAT BUNCH OF REPUBLICAN-LOVING LOBBYIST.

    March 16, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. larry

    Too many innocent people are dying because somebody wants to argue about his right to own a gun. I'd love to pull out a pistol and let it blaze when I am victimized. Yet I realize that if everyone had that right we would be back in Dodge City. Sometimes the greater good must triumph but there are those who only see the greater good that is good for them. I believe in freedom,but I do not believe in the freedom that allows the slaughter we see in our streets today. If we have stricter controls on who can get a legal gun, I fail to see how that can affect the "law abiding right to bear arms crowd." They suggest that this would be the beginning of the abridgment our freedoms. I am not sure that I can swallow that,there's a deep shadow in that picture.

    March 16, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. Sorensen

    They are primitive, corny, old stone-age people, contributing significantly to enhance the ridicule of the USA among
    civilized countries. They support Gingrich and Palin. What else do you want to know?

    March 16, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. T'sah from Virginia

    [But don't put down NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre as a "yes."]
    I guess he would attend if it wasn’t President Obama – He’ll go “dressed his best”
    If he TRULY believes in his rights and thinks EVERY American has the same
    Then he will meet with President Obama – put his foot down and explain!!

    [LaPierre accused the White House of trying to pull off a "political maneuver"]
    [“…aimed at weakening the Constitution's Second Amendment right to "keep and bear" arms.]
    He doesn’t really feel “threatened” because this law will remain for the LOSER…
    The loser who feels they can commit mass murders – get the communities all alarmed

    The RIGHT has a habit of “declining” meetings with our President. Boehner, McConnell and the rest of the BUNCH show NO respect at all. The ALL will stick out like a sore when the history from this era is written………………..If that’s the way they want to go down – then SO BE IT!!!

    March 16, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Chedar

    Wait until one of their love ones or themselves get killed by their own gun. Then they will talk.

    March 16, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Poston

    LaPierre is correct sitting down with those people is a waste of time. I am happy to write checks to the NRA every year because of all the crazy anti-gun people. I am much more afraid of them than anyone I have ever hunted with or shot with at the gun range. Either way my gun safes are full so pound sand – I could care less what they do I will always have guns and keep upgrading to better ones. I have four sons and every one of them hunts and I am sure they will do so with their chidlren.

    March 16, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. hilroy

    When it hits cose to home we will see what happens then. We have a bunch or arogant white men and clueless white women and this is what you get.To hell with the carnage in the inner citeies even though it is getting closer to their homes.

    March 16, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Sarah Palin should run for president of NRA, and replace cartoon character PePe LaPierre. In Florida, our state legislature almost passed a bill allowing college students to openly carry arms. There have been far too many tragedies at our campuses.

    March 16, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    MI just enacted a statute that pretends to not literall and explicitly violate the Contract Clause of the Constitution by allowing the governor to appoint politicized jackholes with the power to review a city's finances and then arbitrarily VOID THE UNION CONTRACT. The statute contains provisions that would also allow him to COMPLETELY DISASSEMBLE ENTIRE MUNICIPALITIES, thereby overriding the voting rights of the voters who established, organized and voted for their elected officials in those cities and towns. Which cities do you think will be targetted for such treatment? How do you think the GOP is planning to use these newfound quite-literally-fascist powers to atetmpt to redistrict MI in preparation for 2012? And because case law says a bill with appropriations in it cannot be held up for referendum...the GOP stuck a $100 appropriation in it.

    Fascism isn't coming...it's already here and spreading. Unless people (including so-called JOURNALISTS) start becoming willing to talk about the clear, glaring and obvious parallels between the GOP/conservatives' behavior and what's been done in the past to establish fascist regimes, you can kiss it ALL goodbye, because you'll be chained to a desk 14 hours per day for $3 an hour just to trade it in for food rations...likely cake.

    March 16, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. billp

    It's obvious why the NRA won't speak with Obama – it has absolutely nothing to gain by doing so.

    March 16, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. dan

    The pres is party-goer in chief, party-only in chief, and partisan in chief. But he has the media on his side!

    Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, compared Obama receiving an award for transparency to the president receiving the Nobel Peace prize after being in office 12 days.
    “This president is less transparent, less willing to accommodate data transparency which the committee fought for on a non-partisan basis,” said Issa, whose requests for information haven repeatedly thwarted by the White House. “This administration has not been willing to cooperate.”

    March 16, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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