The National Rifle Association this evening released a statement moments ago signaling disappointment with their meeting at the White House today with Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden met with the NRA’s James Jay Baker today, the director of federal affairs.
In the statement, the NRA explained that they were willing to speak with the Vice President’s task force – which included Attorney General Eric Holder – about school safety, mental health issues, and marketing violence to children. However, most of the White House Task Forces agenda, the NRA noted, was focused on gun control.
“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,” the statement read. “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.”
The NRA said that Obama’s insistence on pushing gun control was “unfortunate.”
“We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen,” the NRA added. “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.”
Before the meeting, Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the press calling for background checks on private gun sales and sales at gun shows. Biden also mentioned an effort to ban high capacity ammunition magazines.
“As an owner of shotguns, as a guy, I’m no great hunter, it’s mostly skeet shooting for me — I don’t quite understand why everybody would be afraid of whether or not we determine what is happening,” Biden said vaguely. “But I did feel it wise to tell you what we have done so far and what we are doing from here.”