Last year, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre claimed that President Obama has done nothing to restrict the rights of gun owners in his first term because of “a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment in our country” in his second term in office. As the Washington Post reports, this campaign of deception has only gotten more subtle:
The Obama administration is crafting a proposal that could make it easier to export firearms and other weapons to certain countries in an effort to boost sales for U.S. companies, increase trade and improve national security, according to senior government officials. . . .
At least two federal agencies — the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department — have expressed concerns that the changes in the export rules could make it easier for drug cartels and terrorists to obtain weapons and make it harder to stop firearms trafficking.
In all seriousness, if the Obama Administration honestly believes that increasing U.S. gun sales abroad is a worthy way to stimulate the economy, than they have the authority to make that decision. No one in the administration should have any illusions, however, that they will somehow placate the gun lobby by providing this gift to the gun industry. Indeed, the NRA has already made perfectly clear that they will view any Obama Administration effort to extend an olive branch as a part of some kind of elaborate bait-and-switch campaign to lure firearm lovers into a complacency.