â€œWhy should I or the N.R.A. go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?â€ saidÂ Wayne LaPierre, the longtime chief executive of theÂ National Rifle Association.
There really isn’t any reason to sit down with the Administration unless the conversation is “What are you going to do for us?” Maybe then gun owners can talk turkey with Obama. But until then, what is there to talk about? Any legislation coming forward can be blocked by Congress.
The only card Obama really has is that he could come out in favor of gun control and push it in a big way. This is actually more of a threat than I would like it to be, but it I wouldn’t view it as much of one. Congress is not likely to be in the mood, and with promises that Obama made to some Democrats, like John Tester, Bob Casey, or any number of Democrats in red states that are up in 2012, this could easily play against Obama.