NRA Targets Obama, but Does Anyone Care?

Gun control issue largely off the table, experts say
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2008 3:51 PM CDT
NRA president Charlton Heston tells the crowd at a May 20, 2000 NRA meeting that that they can have his gun when they pry it "from my cold dead hands."    (AP Photo/Ric Feld, FILE)
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(Newser) – The NRA is aiming both barrels at Barack Obama, but the gun rights group is no longer a formidable GOP weapon, the LA Times reports. Congress hasn’t passed gun control laws in 14 years, and Democrats are terrified to touch the issue, scarred from old campaigns. In other words, the NRA has won—and is a victim of its own success.

Though the NRA calls Obama “one of the most anti-gun politicians ever to set foot in Washington, DC,” he has vowed to protect gun rights with “reasonable and common-sense regulation.” That’s a far cry from Al Gore, who may have lost 8 years ago by touting gun control. This year? “The issue has been essentially removed from the political agenda,” one expert said.