Top NRA Official Accuses White House of 'Using the Tragedy in Connecticut'

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Last night, NRA President David Keene slammed Governor Andrew Cuomo in an interview on the Brooklyn GOP Radio podcast last night. Mr. Keene also had harsh words for Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. The gun group head unloaded when asked about Mr. Biden’s threat the White House might use executive orders to push for gun control if needed. Mr. Keene claimed President Obama and Vice President Biden have long been against guns and rejected the assumption the White House was acting in “good faith.”

“Barack Obama through his entire career, before he ever ran for office, has been against the Second Amendment. He has, in the past, said he does not think any private citizen has a right to own firearms,” Mr. Keene said. “Joe Biden, when he ran for president, which was the last time before becoming vice president that he commented on firearms, was asked a question in a debate, blew up and told the person who thought he had a right to own a gun that he was crazy.”

Mr. Keene went on to describe President Obama and Vice President Biden as “people who are pursuing an ideological agenda and using the tragedy of Connecticut” to fight gun ownership. 

“I think they’re being disingenuous. I think that they’ve seen this as an opportunity to go after the Second Amendment, which they’ve wanted to do for years if not decades,” said Mr. Keene. “I think they’re going to do everything they can to strip Americans of their right to keep and bear arms, to essentially make the Second Amendment meaningless.”

Though he was very certain of the Obama administration’s commitment to abolish gun control, Mr. Keene expressed skepticism about its ability to do so. Instead, he said they would “use executive orders” to combat gun owners.

“They know that they’re not going to get this in Congress and they’re not going to get this in the courts,” Mr. Keene said. “They’re going to try to use executive orders and just essentially tell everybody that we’re ruling by fiat.”

Mr. Keene declined to comment when Politicker asked him to elaborate on his interview.