The country is full of people who aren’t happy with the gun control actions President Obama has taken, but only the head of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Wayne LaPierre, created an 8-minute video in which he dared Obama to take him on in a debate regarding the Second Amendment.
During the video, LaPierre stated, “When it comes to the runaway power of the executive branch over Congress, the courts, the people and the rule of law, the president has laid waste to the America we remember. Americans will judge for themselves who they believe and trust on this issue – you or the NRA. Let’s see if you’re game for a fair debate. It’s your chance to show the American people you’re not afraid to meet the NRA on neutral ground.”
The issue that sparked LaPierre’s ire was Obama’s decision to increase the types of guns that require a complete background check to be conducted before they can be purchased. The statement regarding this decision was made in a town hall style meeting. In addition to discussing his latest gun control measures, Obama also addressed the issue of how the sale of guns has skyrocketed during Obama’s time in the Oval Office. “Part of the reason is that the NRA has convinced many of its members that somebody is going to come get your guns.”
LaPierre doesn’t feel that the President’s argument that the development of stricter gun control laws stem from a desire to curb gun violence hold water. He worries that the vague nature of Obama’s gun control tactics are dangerous. “In the fog of vague rules and mysterious definitions, honest Americans are made vulnerable – forced into a maze of government bureaucracy and the hiring of lawyers to face the threat of consequences.” He went on to say, “if the President really wanted to make Americans safer, he’d pick up the phone and tell his Justice Department to flip Chicago upside down until every criminal with a gun, criminal gangbanger with a gun, and drug dealer with a gun is arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned to the fullest extent of the law.”
LaPierre feels it would be in the best interest of NRA members and gun owners to fight Obama’s new gun control laws. “Make no mistake: with an opportunity for the president to score political points and claim a cheap victory, this executive action is a bright red line that law-abiding gun owners should cross at their own peril.”
LaPierre has no intention of standing idle while he rallies gun supporters. He plans to use his NRA connections to challenge President Obama. “Let me be clear: the NRA will fight this illegal overreach more aggressively than we have ever challenged anything,” he said.
It will be interesting to see if Obama accepts LaPierre’s challenge.