NRA 'disappointed' over results of White House task force talks on gun laws


President Barack Obama makes a statement alongside Vice President Joseph R. Biden (L) in the White House Briefing Room on January 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. Biden is leading talks about gun safety and will meet with representatives from the NRA and Wal-Mart.


Brendan Hoffman

The National Rifle Association attended White House task force talks on gun laws Thursday — and they weren't impressed.

In a statement released on the gun advocacy group's website, the NRA stated that it was "disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment."

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The NRA claimed that instead of meaningful debate, the task force chose to focus on "proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners — honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans" — and offered "failed solutions" to gun violence concerns. 

"We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen," concluded the statement.

The NRA said it now intends to take its "commitment" and "contributions" to "members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works — and what does not."

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The NRA statement left out any reference to the Taft Union High School shooting on Thursday, where an aggrieved California 16-year-old shot and seriously injured a classmate.

The White House gun violence task force, led by vice president Joe Biden, is expected to send its policy recommendations to President Obama by Tuesday.

Biden's task force has met with representatives from law enforcement, education, victim groups, mental health providers, and others, as well as with the NRA, wrote Reuters.

Debate over gun law comes as a judge determined there is enough evidence to take the case against Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes to trial, wrote the Associated Press.

Holmes is charged with 166 felony counts, and will continue to be held without bail until the trial begins.