Obama Wants to Send Our Guns Overseas
The White House wants to expand weapons exports. Will that keep the NRA from hyping the imaginary war on guns?
Barack Obama's stealth war on guns continues apace: The White House is currently working to ease restrictions on exports of guns and other American-made weaponry, a move that could be a boon for domestic gunmakers.
The Department of Homeland Security has reservations about the rule changes, stating in a memo that they could make it harder "to prevent or deter the illegal export/transfer of lethal items such as advanced firearms to criminal groups, terrorist organizations or enemy combatants." Gunmakers, however, are pleased as punch. "Our industry supports the White House Export Control Reform Initiative," a lawyer for the firearms manufacturers' lobby group, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, told the Washington Post.
How is the National Rifle Association going to spin this? The 4-million-member pro-gun group has put an electoral target on Obama's back, but it also needs to do right by arms manufacturers like Colt, Smith & Wesson, and Ruger, which have given the NRA as much as $39 million since 2005, according to the Violence Policy Center (PDF).