At a press conference this week, Vice President Joe Biden (D) warned that he and the Obama administration have not given up on their proposed gun control measures, declared that the administration would "beat" NRA by passing gun control measures, and vowed that legislators who oppose the administration on gun control will "pay a political price" for doing so.
As reported in the Washington Post, Biden said to an audience that included Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, "As proud as the president and I am of progress we've made, we need Congress to act. We need everyone in the country to know the fight is not over. Far from it." He further stated, "Janet Napolitano has not given up. Eric Holder has not given up."
Biden renewed the administration's call for "universal" background checks and reminded attendees that gun control remains on the administration's agenda despite a major defeat in the U.S. Senate in April. "Because of the invocation of a rule, a perverted filibuster rule requiring 60 votes for everything, we lost," said Biden.
Biden also said the administration has completed or made significant progress on 21 of the 23 executive actions announced in January.
But, as NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam noted, the White House is sidestepping Congress and the American public by forging ahead unilaterally. "It is clear that the reason the White House is resorting to doing executive actions and administrative actions is because they are trying to bypass the will of the people and circumvent Congress," he said.
Biden is right about one thing: the fight is far from over. And every NRA member and pro-freedom, pro-self-defense, Second Amendment supporter needs to realize that in no uncertain terms. We are in the battle of our lifetimes, and we will stand and fight. We can promise Joe Biden, the president, and the rest of the Obama administration that our effort to protect the rights of good Americans to keep and bear arms for self-defense and other legitimate purposes will continue as long as those rights are attacked.
NRA will continue to work with Republicans and Democrats who are committed to protecting our children in schools, prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law, and fixing our broken mental health system.