Following President Obama’s disparaging comments on the NRA and guns at CNN’s recent “Guns in America” town hall, Wayne La Pierre challenged him to a one-hour debate.
National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre has challenged President Obama to debate him on guns following recent executive actions the president has taken on them to advance gun control.
In a newly-released eight minute video entitled “A Challenge For the President,” LaPierre offers the president an opportunity to debate him fair and square.
He said, “I’ll meet you for a one-on-one, one-hour debate—with a mutually agreed-upon moderator—on any network that will take it. No pre-screened questions and no gas-bag answers.”
“Americans will judge for themselves who they trust and believe on this issue—you or the NRA,” added LaPierre.
LaPierre’s hard-hitting video is a direct response to President Obama’s remarks at CNN’s “Guns in America” claiming he invited the NRA to the White House to discuss combatting gun crimes. In reality, the White House has yet to invite them.
President Obama: “…part of the reason I welcomed this opportunity by CNN to have a good discussion debate about it is because our position is consistently mischaracterized. And, by the way, there’s a reason why the NRA is not here. They’re just down the street. And, since this is the main reason they exist, you’d think they’d be prepared to have a debate with—”
Cooper: “They haven’t been to the White House for years—”
President Obama: “Oh, no, no, we’ve invited them.”
Immediately after CNN’s “Guns in America” town hall event, Chris Cox of NRA-ILA went on The Kelly File with Megan Kelly on Fox News to respond to the president’s targeting of the NRA:
After the tragic shooting in Newton, CT in late 2012, the Obama administration held a summit on ways to combat gun violence–but failed to include the NRA in the talks.
It’s encouraging to see the NRA go on offense after ceaseless attacks from the media and anti-gun lobby. It’s much-needed, especially with this administration’s full-fledged assault on gun rights in America today. Let’s see if this president will continue to be reluctant to enforce existing gun laws in place.