The NRA has been playing quite the clever game in the last 8 years. By fomenting a completely unfounded fear concerning President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s agenda to overturn the Second Amendment, they’ve managed to see gun sales in America shoot up substantially. But an article the NRA confirms what should be obvious; they made all of it up.
It wasn’t quite the moment of revelation and honesty we might’ve hoped for and expected, though. The article talks about a town hall meeting in Indiana. A gun store owner named Doug Rhude delivered a bit of NRA propaganda about Clinton and Obama taking away Americans’ right to bear arms. Obama replied politely but sternly:
‘First of all, the notion that I or Hillary or Democrats or whoever you want to choose are hell-bent on taking away folks’ guns is just not true. And I don’t care how many times the NRA says it.’
The President then told the man how gun sales have actually increased during his administration. Indeed, based on data collected from FBI background checks, gun sales increased by roughly 65% during the first 5 years of the Obama administration.
President Obama also addressed another aspect of the man’s question, saying that the NRA’s resistance to regulation and relentless lobbying was the reason why the country lacks common-sense gun laws.
Then the right-wing rag dropped a bombshell by basically admitting that their entire narrative about the Obama/Clinton gun control agenda was a lie.
‘Now, Rhude could have interrupted the president to mention that Obama really hasn’t had the opportunity to do that. Congress writes the laws, not the president.’
Of course, even though it’s a damning admission of the falseness of their agenda, they’re spinning it to appear like the President just doesn’t know what he’s capable of within the confines of his job. And, predictably, they also managed to continue their attack on Hillary Clinton. A quote from NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, featured in the article:
‘If she could, Hillary would ban every gun, destroy every magazine, run an entire national security industry right into the ground, and put your name on a government registration list. If she gets her hands on the Supreme Court and stacks it with just one more justice, every total gun ban she dreams, every confiscation scheme that she craves, would stand up in her court and we’ll all be kissing our Second Amendment freedom goodbye. You can kiss your guns goodbye.’
Of course it’s all a lie. The narrative that Hillary and Barack want to repeal the Second Amendment and turn the U.S. into a liberal hippie utopia might hold some water — if there was any evidence at all that it’s true. The NRA knows that the President can’t take away guns from law abiding U.S. citizens. Even a Democratic majority Congress wouldn’t go near that idea because not only would it be a surefire path to not being reelected, it would be deeply unconstitutional.
What the President and his Democratic congressional colleagues would like to do, however, is keep guns out of the hands of people at risk to commit terrorist acts, the mentally ill, and serial violent offenders. The only pieces of legislation that were up for vote this year were fairly common sense laws that would limit gun sales to a very small portion of the U.S. population who fall into these categories. They were still shot down.
It’s time America saw this NRA fearmongering for exactly what it is — a ploy to sell more weapons, intended to target the most ignorant and fearful people in our nation.
Below is the full video of President Obama addressing Mr. Rhude, in case you’re curious.
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