The White House said on Monday that the Justice Department is reaching out to “stakeholders on all sides of the issue. The goal would be to look at ways to find common ground” on “common-sense measures” on guns to improve public safety and security, while respecting the Second Amendment…
But NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told Reuters in a telephone interview that if asked to attend such a meeting, the country’s leading gun-rights group would say no.
“I mean absolutely not,” adding that such a meeting would be with firm opponents of gun rights…
Obama waded into the politically treacherous gun control debate on Sunday, calling for reform of rules to prevent attacks like the one that wounded an Arizona congresswoman two months ago, while making conciliatory remarks toward gun owners.
In an opinion piece published in the Arizona Daily Star, he said some 2,000 people had perished from gun violence in the short time since a gunman in Tucson killed six people and shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the head.
“Every single day, America is robbed of more futures. It has awful consequences for our society. And as a society, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to put a stop to it,” he wrote.
Obama said he hoped the Tucson shootings could spark a national discussion on preventing gun violence.
“Most gun-control advocates know that most gun owners are responsible citizens. Most gun owners know that the word ‘commonsense’ isn’t a code word for ‘confiscation,'” he wrote.
What LAPierre has clarified, once again, is that joining the NRA is like joining some fundamentalist religion that brooks no interference by common sense, open minds or rational thought and dialogue.