There are two major party candidates for president on the ballot this year. The first did nothing to tighten gun laws, even after a Member of Congress was shot in the head. And he continued to ignore the issue after several more high profile mass shootings. This candidate’s primary contribution to gun policy actually expanded gun owner’s rights by allowing them to bring loaded guns into national parks. The second candidate, by contrast, once signed a permanent ban on assault rifles.
Guess which candidate the nation’s job gun lobby decided to endorse yesterday:
The National Rifle Association on Thursday endorsed Mitt Romney minutes before the Republican presidential nominee prepared to speak to a loud crowd in the Shenandoah Valley full of NRA supporters. . . .
More than backing Mr. Romney, however, the NRA’s message was to oust President Obama at all costs.
“We stand on the edge of an Obama cliff of freedom,” said NRA Executive Director Wayne LaPierre, warning of “an anti-Second Amendment, anti-freedom rampage” if Mr. Obama is re-elected.
Seeing as it was President Obama who took no meaningful action in the face of several mass shootings and who moved federal law marginally in the NRA’s direction during his first term, it’s not at all clear what LaPierre is basing this statement on. Last year, however, LaPierre offered a conspiratorial explanation for why he thinks the president who has largely ignored the guns issue will suddenly emerge from his reelection cocoon as a crusader against guns: “The president will offer the Second Amendment lip service and hit the campaign trail saying he’s actually been good for the Second Amendment. But it’s a big fat stinking lie! . . . it’s all part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment in our country.”
In other words, you know Obama will crack down on guns because he has done nothing to crack down on guns.