(RENO, Nev.) — In a scathing attack on President Obama, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association told a gathering of hunters in Nevada Tuesday night that the administration is determined to either tax their firearms or take them away.
Wayne LaPierre, who has previously denounced the president’s plan to curb gun violence in the U.S., claimed that remarks made in Obama’s inaugural address suggested that principles trumped the absolutism of Second Amendment rights.
LaPierre said that was a direct assault on the rights of the NRA and its members.
According to the NRA official, “When absolutes are abandoned for principles, the U.S. Constitution becomes a blank slate for anyone’s graffiti.”
LaPierre also spoke out against a possible federal registry to collect the names of gun owners, saying the real intent of the government was “Either to tax them, or to take them.”
Alleging that the president is only interested in protecting himself and his wealthy allies, LaPierre said that Obama believes “the only principled way to make children safe is to make lawful citizens less safe and violent criminals more safe.”
He added that criminals will also benefit from expanded gun control measures.
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