President Obama went from tears Tuesday to anger Thursday when the NRA refused to show up for a tongue-lashing from him at CNN’s town hall on gun violence.
Why should the NRA show up?
As Mark Twain said, “Never refuse to do a kindness unless the act would work great injury to yourself, and never refuse to take a drink– under any circumstances.”
Oh, wait, that was for Don Lemon. Twain said “the public is the only critic whose opinion means anything.”
David Graham nailed the main reason the NRA stayed home in The Atlantic back in October.
Take it from Joe Manchin, the Democratic senator from West Virginia who was a prime driving force behind the failed early 2013 attempt to pass strong background checks.
“They’re scared this is the first step,” Manchin said at New York Ideas that year. “When you say universal background check, the first thing that comes in the mind of a gun owner is that means registration, and registration means confiscation. ‘I haven’t broken the laws, why do you want to know everything?’”
The public doesn’t trust the president on guns, and on executive actions. The NRA has the public on its side, and none of Obama’s tears, table-pounding, or television tantrums will change that.