- The Washington Times - Friday, December 4, 2015

The National Rifle Association said it’s “shameful” that President Obama has jumped to push gun control in the wake of Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, saying it’s his “failed foreign policies” that is making America less safe.

“[W]e are sick and tired of this president suggesting the men and women of the National Rifle Association are somehow to blame,” Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, wrote in an op-ed Thursday for USA Today. “An act of evil unfolded in California. President Obama used it not as a moment to inform or calm the American people; rather, he exploited it to push his gun control agenda.

He went on to argue that the president’s “failed foreign policy” has made Americans less safe, and his gun control agenda would “jeopardize our safety even further.”

“In California, President Obama had what he wanted — the strictest gun control in the country — and it did not prevent this evil act. The plain truth is that the president cannot keep us safe. And his policies would leave us defenseless. That’s why our Second Amendment right to defend ourselves must be protected. It’s not just a constitutionally guaranteed freedom. It’s a natural, God-given, human right,” Mr. Cox wrote.

“When we find ourselves under attack, no one is there to protect us. That responsibility is ours and ours alone. The American people — including law-abiding gun owners — are scared these days, and for good reason. As a nation, we sit helpless and watch as innocent and defenseless people are slaughtered. President Obama’s response is not one of unity, but rather a condescending lecture that we need more laws to restrict us from defending ourselves. Enough is enough with the self-righteous and self-serving demagoguery.”

Mr. Cox said the NRA is calling on the president to “stop exploiting tragedies” to push his political agenda.

“Given the reality that he’s unlikely to listen, however, we will continue to stand and fight for law-abiding gun owners who are both disgusted and heartbroken by these heinous acts — whether committed by madmen, gang members or terrorists,” he wrote. “The NRA will neither accept the blame for the acts of murderers, nor apologize for fighting for our right to defend ourselves against them.”

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