NRA DEFIANT: “The National Rifle Association said Thursday it was “disappointed” by its meeting Thursday with Vice President Biden, accusing the Obama administration of using the time to “attack the Second Amendment.”
“The statement, issued shortly after the conclusion of the conference, deflated any prospect of an unlikely alliance between the White House and the gun lobby group as President Obama looks to push a set of new gun regulations in the coming month.
“It also likely signals that the NRA will oppose any legislative attempt to change federal gun laws in the coming Congress.” — The Hill 1/10/13
NEW YORK BECOMES FIRST STATE TO ENACT TOUGH GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION: “Jumping out ahead of Washington, New York state enacted the nation’s toughest gun restrictions Tuesday and the first since the Connecticut school massacre, including an expanded assault-weapon ban and background checks for buying ammunition.
“Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law less than an hour after it won final passage in the Legislature, with supporters hailing it as a model for the nation and gun-rights activists condemning it as a knee-jerk piece of legislation that won’t make anyone safer and is too extreme to win support in the rest of the country.” — Washington Post 1/15/13
PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLS FOR GUN SAFETY MEASURES: “Conceding “this will be difficult,” President Barack Obama urged a reluctant Congress on Wednesday to require background checks for all gun sales and ban both military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines in an emotion-laden plea to curb gun violence in America.
“The president’s sweeping, $500 million plan, coming one month after the school massacre in Connecticut, marks the most comprehensive effort to tighten gun laws in nearly two decades. But his proposals, most of which are opposed by the National Rifle Association, face a doubtful future in a divided Congress where Republicans control the House.” — Washington Post 1/16/13
NRA EVEN MORE DEFIANT: “[T]he White House is more than willing to take on the NRA and other groups from the powerful gun lobby. Obama has reiterated his support for an assault weapons ban, and Vice President Biden — who led the White House gun violence task force — has suggested a ban on high-capacity magazines will also be on the administration’s agenda. The main focus is expected to be a push for universal background checks on firearms purchases.
“All of which are basically unacceptable to the NRA, as the group’s leaders have said many times since Obama made clear he wanted to talk about gun violence after Newtown.”
“… The group released a a tough TV ad that calls Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for having daughters with armed guards while he expresses skepticism at the NRA’s call for armed police in every American public school.” — Talking Points Memo 1/16/13
WHITE HOUSE RESPONDS TO NRA AD: “A television ad from the National Rifle Association which features President Barack Obama’s children elicited a sharp, angry response from the White House Wednesday.
“”Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as pawns in a political fight,” Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. “But to go so far as to make the safety of the president’s children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly.”
“The ad, which the NRA said is airing on the Sportsman Channel, was announced Tuesday. It calls Obama a hypocrite for being “skeptical” about placing armed guards at schools, while his own two daughters are protected by the U.S. Secret Service.” — CNN Political Ticker 1/16/13