Obama Administration Hits Back At Latest NRA Video
EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO FEBRUARY 13, 2013, 7:35 PM
The National Rifle Association may have tried out a softer tone this week in an online video criticizing the President’s gun proposals, but the underlying message represents a longstanding view of the gun rights group that the Obama administration insisted Wednesday is just plain wrong.
The video, which was posted Tuesday before the State of the Union address, pointed to what it claimed was a memo from the administration that proved measures supported by President Obama to reduce gun violence will eventually result in the federal government confiscating firearms that are lawfully owned.
But while confirming the document existed, a Justice Department official in an interview Wednesday with TPM strongly disputed the NRA’s conclusions about it. The official, who asked for anonymity to discuss the details, described it as “research on gun violence” and that the document did “not represent the position of the Department of Justice or the administration.”
“The Administration has never supported a gun registry or gun confiscation,” the official said.
The NRA’s video featured the organization’s chief lobbyist, Chris Cox, speaking to the camera. It put a new face on the NRA pushback, which has largely been led by Wayne LaPierre, following the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. Cox led off by saying Obama’s gun violence prevention plan “sounds reasonable,” but he then pointed to what he said is a Justice Department memo revealing the true intent of Obama’s plan.