Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NRA responds

Chris Cox and Wayne LaPierre ripped our President a new one today over his op-ed in the Tuscon newspaper. They made some specific recommendations for the President to consider. The best one of the bunch:
“contact every U.S. Attorney and ask them to bring at least 10 cases per month against drug dealers, gang members and other violent felons caught illegally possessing firearms. By prosecuting these criminals in federal court – rather than state court – strong sentencing guidelines would apply and charges would not be plea-bargained or dismissed, nor would criminals be released after serving only a fraction of their sentences. This simple directive would result in roughly 12,000 violent criminals being taken off the streets every year”
That would be a good start. They also recommended that he
immediately end the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives‘ “Fast and Furious” operation, “in which an unknown number of illegal firearm transactions were detected – and then encouraged to fruition by your BATFE, which allegedly decided to let thousands of firearms ‘walk’ across the border and into the hands of murderous drug cartels.”
You can read the whole letter here.

Like many of us of the gun-blogging persuasion, I'm not convinced that the NRA hits hard enough, fast enough, strong enough, for long enough. LaPierre and crew haven't done nearly enough for us lately, so I'm frankly surprised that they managed to put together a cogent letter for the President.

Say Uncle tells us that the NRA has declined an invitation to meet with the President. I'm not sure that's a good idea, but then again, the President hasn't been much of a friend to gun owners, and at this point I don't know what good could come from a meeting. I certainly wouldn't want a photo-op with the man.

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