The National Rifle Association hit back at President Barack Obama after he announced a series of gun control executive actions Tuesday, saying he was only distracting from his poor record on terror.
“Once again, President Obama has chosen to engage in political rhetoric, instead of offering meaningful solutions to our nation’s pressing problems,” the gun rights group said in a statement. “Today’s event also represents an ongoing attempt to distract attention away from his lack of a coherent strategy to keep the American people safe from terrorist attack.”
The NRA said that law-abiding gun owners were being used as a “scapegoat” by Obama rather than addressing the real threat, arguing that “the fact is that President Obama’s proposals would not have prevented any of the horrific events he mentioned” (Obama referred to the San Bernardino attack several times).
“The proposed executive actions are ripe for abuse by the Obama Administration, which has made no secret of its contempt for the Second Amendment,” they concluded. ” The NRA will continue to fight to protect the fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms as guaranteed under our Constitution.”
Both the Republican National Committee and Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan have both issued statements denouncing the executive actions, but the NRA is the first to accuse Obama of distracting from terrorism.
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