It is not a secret that one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington, D.C., is the National Rifle Association (NRA), which generally supports conservative members of Congress who demonstrate via their positions and voting record that they will defend and support the Second Amendment. It is said by some that no lobbying group is more feared-by either side-than the NRA, such is their perceived strength.
So who would dare take a stand against the NRA? Why, the guy who says “I’ve got no more campaigns to run”. He knows, by the way, because he won both of them. You are forgiven if your first thought when hearing that line was “Didn’t he run for other offices before becoming President?” because the answer is no, he was always just running for President.
In any case, President Obama is doing his best to overcome the stereotypical cruise-control coasting lame duck years other Presidents have experienced, declaring that he will use his “pen and phone” to overcome a deadlocked congress which the recent mid-term elections turned even more Republican–which would indicate the American public has given Congress a mandate to repudiate the increasingly overreaching Executive Branch.
First came President Obama’s declaration of Executive Action on Immigration, which did not take the form of an Executive Order as was expected but was ultimately a bungled roll-out by failing to publish them in the Federal Register and inviting public comment before they took effect.
Today, however, came the revelation that the BATF is planning to implement a fast-track ban on 5.56mm ammunition in response to an impending Executive Order from President Obama. Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, the group’s policy and lobby shop, responded:
The Obama administration was unable to ban America’s most popular sporting rifle through the legislative process, so now it’s trying to ban commonly owned and used ammunition through regulation. The NRA and our tens of millions of supporters across the country will fight to stop President Obama’s latest attack on our Second Amendment freedoms.
Presumably the “most popular sporting rifle” referenced is the military-style AR-15 variant, which is popular as a versatile shooting platform with various uses. It’s least popular use in the United States, killing human beings. No matter, the point of this episode is for President Obama to score points with his core constituency by bloodying the nose of one of their biggest opponents, something that has been desperately sought after since the NRA’s success preventing any gun legislation in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre.
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