Gun Owners of America executive director Erich Pratt blasted Barack Obama, insisting “there’s no reasoning with the president [because] despite what the facts are, he has an agenda.”
Appearing on “CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello” on Friday, Pratt said that Obama is “trying to gag the Second Amendment. He’s putting prior restraints on the Second Amendment.”
Costello first asked Pratt why Gun Owners of America didn’t attend the CNN guns town hall with Obama.
“Because there’s no reasoning with the president,” Pratt replied. “Despite what the facts are, he has an agenda. Taya said it well, Taya Kyle. We have more guns than ever in this country and yet our murder rates are at all-time lows, and yet the president proceeds going after the rights of law-abiding Americans. There’s no common ground there.” (RELATED: Watch Taya Kyle Confront Obama During Town Hall Event On Guns In America [VIDEO])
“We’re going to face him [Obama] through the Congress, working to defund this legislation or these initiatives,” he said.
Costello pressed Pratt, “OK. There’s no middle ground then, huh?”
“Well, there’s not when — what middle ground is there for restricting your First Amendment rights? If it’s a God-given, constitutionally protected right—” Pratt said.
“I can’t yell fire in a crowded theater,” Costello interjected.
“But we don’t gag people before they go into the theater,” Pratt retorted. “We don’t run background checks to say, ‘Oh do you have this kind of history before?’ No, we punish the violator. The president is trying to gag the Second Amendment. He’s putting prior restraints on the Second Amendment. We’re not talking about punishing criminals.”
“Are you saying criminals should own weapons? No matter what’s in your background, you should be able to own a gun? Is that what you’re saying?” Costello asked.
“Do you hear what you’re saying? All the people that committed mass shootings passed background checks,” Pratt claimed. “I mean, Einstein said the definition of insanity is redoubling your efforts, expecting to get a different outcome. Hope is not a strategy.”