Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat, said Monday that the National Rifle Association’s push back against expanded background checks for gun purchasers shows that the group is “out of touch” with the overwhelming majority of Americans and most of the group’s gun-toting members.
Mr. Blumenthal said in an interview on MSNBC that 90 percent of all Americans and 74 percent of NRA members support background checks.
NRA officials “are really out of touch, not only with mainstream Americans, but also with their own members — and most responsible gun owners who actually want to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals, dangerous mentally ill people, domestic abusers,” he said.
Speaking at the NRA’s annual meeting in Houston over the weekend, NRA President David Keene challenged that view, saying that the recent push to tighten the nation’s gun-control laws failed because people did not support them.
“In the end, the fact that our opponents live in a different world and perhaps even on a different planet than most Americans doomed their efforts,” Mr. Keene said.
The Senate last month blocked a plan to expand background checks to all private Internet and gun-show sales, as well as efforts to ban some semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.