The National Rifle Association didn’t waste time making nice, releasing a statement Thursday afternoon blasting the White House shortly after it emerged from talks with Vice President Joe Biden. The group said members of Biden’s task force on gun violence are only focusing on ways to restrict gun ownership. “We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment,” the NRA said. Although the task force led by Biden insisted it wouldn’t prejudge any proposal, it “spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners—honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans.”
So far all this increased debate about gun control seems to be helping the NRA. The group told Politico’s Mike Allen it has gained more than 100,000 new paid members over the past 18 days. “Our goal is to get to 5 million before this debate is over.” Some had been optimistic, insisting that NRA’s willingness to sit down with the White House should be seen as a sign of progress. Today’s meeting marked the first time the group has been involved in any discussions about restricting gun rights in almost two decades, points out Politico.