NRA president: Obama ‘motivated by revenge’

Patrick Howley Political Reporter
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Newly elected National Rifle Association president Jim Porter said that “revenge is what is motivating” President Obama’s second-term push to for new gun control regulations.

Porter, an attorney from Alabama, made his remarks at the annual NRA leadership conference in Houston, Texas, on Saturday.


“Last fall just before the elections, as community organizer-in-chief, President Obama demanded that his followers extract [sic] revenge. I can’t remember a president ever publicly using that word against fellow Americans,” Porter said. “And revenge is what is motivating the president’s unremitting attacks on gun owners today.”

“Just look at his reaction to his defeat in the U.S. Senate, with his step-at-a-time gun owner registration under the guise of universal background checks,” Porter said, referring to the president’s inability to get the Manchin-Toomey background checks bill past a Republican filibuster in the Democrat-controlled Senate last month.

“He is now threatening Democratic senators who are friends of NRA. He will destroy them if he can,” Porter said.

“Obama is meeting and plotting with the who’s who of the gun-ban movement, scheming to create gun control by bureaucracy,” Porter said.

The Daily Caller reported in April that anti-gun New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition switched-out ads attacking Republican Pat Toomey in his home state of Pennsylvania with a positive ad after the senator announced his support for background checks.

The pro-Obama messaging group Organizing for Action (OFA), meanwhile, sent an email Saturday urging supporters to sign a petition featured on my.barackobama.com to pressure congressmen to support background checks.

“We have to keep the pressure on Congress to move on background checks — and only you can hold your members of Congress accountable,” OFA national organizing director Sara El-Amine wrote in the email. “It’s a make-or-break moment for our movement — a real test of our commitment to keep fighting, even when it gets hard, for the things we believe in.”

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