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Which 'Anti-Gun President' is the NRA Talking About?

7:29 pm - 04/15/2012
Much of the conversation surrounding the National Rifle Association's annual meeting on Friday pertained to Republican presumptive nominee Mitt Romney's past flip-flops on gun control.

But also noteworthy was the characterization of President Obama's record on the issue. Chris Cox, the NRA's chief lobbyist, on Friday called President Obama "the most anti-gun, anti-freedom president.''

Pants on Fire. President Obama, when presented with golden opportunities to initiate national conversations on gun control -- after the shootings of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida -- has chosen to stay mum. He did write an editorial in the Arizona Daily Star backing stronger background checks two months after the Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people, but he has largely declined to use the bully pulpit since he was stung during the 2008 campaign for scoffing at people who "cling to guns or religion.''

Back in 2009, he abandoned his goal of trying to reinstate the assault weapons ban begun by President Clinton. And in 2010, he signed NRA-backed legislation that allows gun owners to bring their weapons into national parks.

"The most anti-gun president?" Not by a long shot.

katie_g_lynn 15th-Apr-2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
Why would you need to bring your gun to a national park? I guess maybe if a bear attacked or something idk.
frith_in_thorns 15th-Apr-2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
Or a turkey.
layweed 15th-Apr-2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
csb, while watching last night's local news, they ran a story about how gun sales were higher than ever, and gun manufs. were so backordered they weren't even taking backorders anymore. And then they interviewed this guy who said he felt gun sales were on the rise because of: a) Democrats getting into office and going amuck with gun restrictions, and (this is the real kicker) b) the zombie apocalypse. And it didn't even seem like he was kidding about the second one.
grapesheezy 15th-Apr-2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
Oh my god. XD Left 4 Dead must have left a lasting impression on him too.
layweed 15th-Apr-2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
They're the NRA. Guns = freedom to them. Anything that restricts their ability to wave their 2nd Amendment rights = anti-freedom. Doesn't matter if they're sensible laws like background checks or w/e..
riath 15th-Apr-2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Ugh freedom does not equal the right to run around armed to the fucking hilt. I'm getting pretty fed up of being told by certain types of Americans that we don't have freedom in Britain because we're not allowed to own a fuckton of guns.
bunnika TW: Gun violence, child neglect/abuse15th-Apr-2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
I wish we really did have an anti-gun president. I'm sick of all this second-amendment crap, and everyone blatantly ignoring that it's 2012 and we don't need militias armed to the hilt in every basement.

I grew up in a gun-heavy house. I pretty much turned anti-gun when my father heard me getting up to get a drink at midnight, and stumbled down the stairs, still closer to drunk than hungover, and pointed his 9mm at my face. Deal totally sealed when my (now ex) father-in-law thought it was totally safe to let my two-year-old play on his bed, even though he kept a loaded pistol without the safety on under his pillow.

Fuck the NRA types so goddamn hard.
bestdaywelived Re: TW: Gun violence, child neglect/abuse15th-Apr-2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
I was thinking about this, and I agree. I do not support gun rights, individual gun ownership, or anythign that the NRA supports.
lovedforaday 15th-Apr-2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
A large portion of the NRA's members believe Obama is a radical secular Muslim from Kenya who will enslave white people and take away their guns, of course the right can get away with mischaracterizing Obama's gun control record.
ladypolitik 15th-Apr-2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaand scene.
crossfire 15th-Apr-2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
I despise the NRA.
grapesheezy 15th-Apr-2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
I guess as long as they bitch about the liberals taking away our right to bear arms, no one notices all the other rights that are getting taken away/neutralized by a million amendments.
ms_maree 16th-Apr-2012 01:48 am (UTC)
The clip on the bowling for columbine always sticks in my head, the one where we find out that tht the township where that boy shot up the school, is near a factory which builds WMDs, and then contrasting it with the history of the USA's aggression towards other nations. I mean really, Government has to have some influence on how people value life...

The world is full of weird moral and ethical contradictions like that, and I'm really amazed that people can function as well as they do considering how fucked up things are.
world_dancer 16th-Apr-2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, goodie, flashbacks to 2008. I still do not understand in the least why the gun people get so worked up about Obama. There's just never been any reason at all.

I actually think this is worse than the birthers, since at least there was some legitimate reason to question Obama's citizenship based on the laws in place when he was born (though I do wish they'd get over themselves by now). But guns ... there's been no anti-gun legislation whatsoever, and Obama has never made it one of his central issues.
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