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AP (Dirty) NRA Uses DOJ Memo On Guns In Ads

From the Associated Press:

NRA uses Justice memo to accuse Obama on guns

By ALAN FRAM | February 23, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Rifle Association is using a Justice Department memo it obtained to argue in ads that the Obama administration believes its gun control plans won’t work unless the government seizes firearms and requires national gun registration – ideas the White House has not proposed and does not support.

How does the AP know that the ‘White House’ does not support these ideas? Are they mind readers? And what exactly is the difference between a ‘national gun registration’ and ‘universal background checks’? (Hint: there is no difference.)

The NRA’s assertion and its obtaining of the memo in the first place underscore the no-holds-barred battle under way as Washington’s fight over gun restrictions heats up.

"No holds barred"? Isn’t this what journalists are supposed to do?

The memo, under the name of one of the Justice Department’s leading crime researchers, critiques the effectiveness of gun control proposals, including some of President Barack Obama’s.

How dare he!

A Justice Department official called the memo an unfinished review of gun violence research and said it does not represent administration policy.

Besides, it is too nuanced for any of us to understand, anyway.

The memo says requiring background checks for more gun purchases could help, but also could lead to more illicit weapons sales. It says banning assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines produced in the future but exempting those already owned by the public, as Obama has proposed, would have limited impact because people now own so many of those items.

It also says that even total elimination of assault weapons would have little overall effect on gun killings because assault weapons account for a limited proportion of those crimes.

What an outrage.

The nine-page document says the success of universal background checks would depend in part on "requiring gun registration," and says gun buybacks would not be effective "unless massive and coupled with a ban."

The administration has not proposed gun registration, buybacks or banning all firearms.

Again, how is the requirement for universal background checks any different from gun registration?

But gun registration and ownership curbs are hot-button issues for the NRA and other gun-rights groups, which strenuously oppose the ideas…

Stupid bitter clingers.

Justice Department and White House officials declined to provide much information about the memo or answer questions about it on the record.

The most transparent administration in history got caught again.

The memo has the look of a preliminary document and calls itself "a cursory summary" and assessment of gun curb initiatives. The administration has not release [sic] it officially.

But the NRA has posted the memo on one of its websites and cites it in advertising aimed at whipping up opposition to Obama’s efforts to contain gun violence. The ad says the paper shows that the administration "believes that a gun ban will not work without mandatory gun confiscation" and thinks universal background checks "won’t work without requiring national gun registration" – ideas the president has not proposed or expressed support for.

"Still think President Obama’s proposals sound reasonable?" Chris W. Cox, the NRA’s chief Washington lobbyist, says in the ad…

Gosh, they are evil.

A Justice Department official who would only discuss the issue on condition of anonymity said the NRA ad misrepresents Obama’s gun proposals and that the administration has never backed a gun registry or gun confiscation…

Obama never backed ‘same sex marriage,’ either. Until he ‘evolved.’

The memo was written under the name of Greg Ridgeway, acting director of the National Institute of Justice, the Justice Department’s research arm. It is dated Jan. 4, nearly two weeks before Obama announced his plan for restricting guns, and Ridgeway’s first day as acting chief.

Justice Department officials said Ridgeway was not granting interviews. He came to the institute last July from the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research institution where he studied criminal justice issues, and has a Ph.D. in statistics…

And he presumes to know more about the subject that our all-knowing President?!

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, February 25th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “AP (Dirty) NRA Uses DOJ Memo On Guns In Ads”

  1. That’s not fair using facts and truth

    How dare they?

  2. Petronius

    Note that this DOJ “memo” (actually a research / position paper) apparently makes no mention of the Second Amendment.

    That is a rather curious omission when we recall that the DOJ is the legal arm of the Federal government, charged with upholding the Constitution.

    On the other hand, perhaps this should come as no surprise, given that the White House has recently used the DOJ to squelch free speech (S&P, Gallup) and free elections (Panthers, voter ID) and national defense (CIA personnel) and border security (Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ICE enforcement) and certain Acts of Congress (DOMA, the immigration laws).

    Next thing you know, the DOJ will be selling guns to the Mexican drug cartels while disarming law abiding American citizens, or…. Oh, wait….

  3. bousquem25

    The DOJ under Obama has stopped caring about enforcing the actual laws and following the constitution. Now it is just another arm of the DNC and the left. If someone says something that the whiner-in-chief or his buddies don’t like, then send the DOJ or another federal agency to drive them out of business if possible or make their lives hell.

    I can see the argument that a universal background check won’t mean people have records of who actually bought the gun but merely was approved to buy one if they decided to, though if you are going through the background check then likely you are buying a gun. The problem is going to be the goverment mandating that all those background checks be stored in some nebulous file and force everyone to list the gun on the application so that can be stored too, probably to make sure it isn’t stolen (sarcasm). It will be a run around way of getting a national gun registry without saying your cramming down everyones’ throats and taking a crap on the constitution.

  4. AcornsRNutz

    Does anyone remember the ATF going around the entire state of Connecticut after the Newtown shooting and collecting copies of the firearms sales records? Ostensibly this was for the “investigation into what caused the madman to do such horrible things) and other cliched media diatribe. But how does copying these records of legal gun purchases and range attendance by lawful citizens completely uninvolved in Newtown (or even geographically co-located) help to understand a psychopath? Of course this little tidbit was only casually mentioned in a few articles in local CT papers. Listen kids, background checks, althouhg in a vacuum make sense, are now and always were intended to be a means to catalogue and register gun ownership. Period. Brady brought this about. And as we have seen, the fact that the records of background checks were not (supposed) to be maintained and a state responsiblilty isn’t stopping the federal government even now. Do you think once they have a national “background check” they won’t be keeping that on file?


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