The head of the National Rifle Association blasted President Obama Wednesday night in an appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight, calling him a “dictator” and declaring that the President “hates” that American have a right to bear arms.
Wayne LaPierre was responding to Obama’s executive actions to ban ammo for the AR15 rifle, a move many have declared to be gun control via the back door.
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Asked by Dobbs why there hasn’t been more outcry about the move, LaPierre answered “Well, probably because the media doesn’t want the American public to know what this president is trying to impose on them.”
“He’s grasping for straws, he hates the Second Amendment, he hates the fact Americans have a constitutional right to own firearms,” LaPierre added.
“He can’t win at the ballot box, he can’t win in the Congress, and now he’s trying to act like a dictator and planning on forcing this ammo ban on the American public by executive regulation.” the NRA boss urged.
LaPierre further noted that Obama is going after ammo because of his failed attempts to ban AR 15 rifles.
“He tried to ban ARs, he couldn’t ban the ARs from the American public, the popular sporting rifle,” he continued. “Now [he is] trying to ban AR ammunition.”
The NRA head also warned that if Obama’s executive ban goes ahead, it will set a dangerous precedent for the future.
“The one he’s trying to ban is the 5.56, it’s a small rifle cartridge. The thing is, if he can ban that because it pierces soft body armor… under this standard, he can ban all rifle cartridges, because all of them pierce soft body armor.”
The proposed ammo ban has caused consternation among hundreds of lawmakers who wrote to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Wednesday, urging it to “abandon” the plan.
“Under no circumstances should ATF adopt a standard that will ban ammunition that is overwhelmingly used by law-abiding Americans for legitimate purposes,” the lawmakers wrote.
Meanwhile, top police representatives have said that there is no real need to implement a 5.56 ammo ban, because it isn’t a threat faced by law enforcement.