NRA Refuses White House Meeting on Gun Rules
Democrats are out to kill Second Amendment, says group
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2011 12:53 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Obama administration is trying to bring together both sides in the debate over gun control for a series of meetings, but the NRA sees it as a waste of time. “Why should I or the NRA go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?” NRA chief Wayne LaPierre asked the New York Times. Given the NRA's clout, the decision could doom the White House initiative.

“It shouldn’t be a dialogue about guns; it really should be a dialogue about dangerous people,” said LaPierre. But that’s essentially the tack the president is taking, says an aide: He plans to “focus on the people, not the guns," and put the emphasis on law enforcement, not new rules. Click to read the president's op-ed in a Tucson paper this week on the issue.