Jan 10 2013, 4:28pm CST | by Jeffrey B. Roth
FAIRFAX, Va – The National Rifle Association, NRA, wasted little time in issuing a response to a Thursday meeting of a White House Task Force that is focusing its attention on developing ways to keep children safe at school, and a host of other issues.
Representatives of the NRA met with Vice President Joseph Biden to discuss school safety, but came away with the impression that the meeting was the first volley of a battle to restrict gun rights. Biden said he intends to deliver an action plan to curb gun violence to President Barack Obama by Tuesday.
Stating that his recommendations have not yet been finalized, he believes there is a consensus to propose banning assault weapons and high-capacity ammo magazines. The proposal will likely, also tighten background checks. The debate over further restricting the Second Amendment right to bear arms is a response to the December Newtown, Conn., school shooting incident which shocked and horrified the country and the world.
The NRA said, in an official statement, that its membership is composed of more than 4 million “moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again. We attended today's White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals.”
“We were 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. While claiming that no policy proposals would be “prejudged,” this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners - honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans,” the NRA said. “It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works - and what does not.”
Jeffrey B. Roth
A multi-award winning writer, Jeffrey B. Roth is a well-known investigative reporter, who covers crime, law, politics, sciences, business, medicine, education, history and a wide range of other topics. In 2010, Roth won first place for a new series in the Keystone Press Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. A published short story writer and poet, Roth is listed in the Locus Index of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors. Currently, Roth writes for CBS Philadelphia, CBS Baltimore, the Philadelphia Examiner and regional publications, including Carroll Magazine, Carroll Business Quarterly and Hagerstown Magazine to name a few. In the past, Roth, a former crisis intervention counselor and teacher, has written for numerous Pennsylvania newspapers, state and national magazines and the Associated Press. He lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, west of Gettysburg, Pa.
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