Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NRA to President Obama: The Problem Isn’t Guns, it’s Law Enforcement, Media and the Mental Health System - Political Punch

NRA to President Obama: The Problem Isn’t Guns, it’s Law Enforcement, Media and the Mental Health System - Political Punch

The heads of the National Rifle Association wrote to President Obama Monday, taking issue with his op-ed in the Sunday Arizona Daily Star, in which he said that since the tragic shooting in Tucson perhaps another 2,000 Americans have been lost to gun violence.

The president pushed for states to provide better data to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and suggested “an instant, accurate, comprehensive and consistent system for background checks to sellers.”

The heads of the NRA responded to the president’s op-ed on gun issues, saying, “to focus a national dialogue on guns – and not criminals or mental health issues – misses the point entirely."

The problem is not gun laws, they say, bur rather lax law enforcement, a sensationalist media and deficiencies in the mental health system.

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