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NRA Wisely Refuses Obama's Invite to Gun Control Publicity Circus

Wayne LaPierre, right, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, applauds as Chris Cox, left, speaks during the annual meeting of members at the NRA convention Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Cox is the executive director of the Institute for Legislative Action, the political and lobbying arm of the NRA. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Good for them.

The nation’s largest gun rights organization declined Wednesday to send official representatives to a nationally televised town hall with President Barack Obama on gun violence — just days after the president reignited a discussion over this controversial topic.

“The National Rifle Association sees no reason to participate in a public relations spectacle orchestrated by the White House,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told CNN, which is moderating the live town hall Thursday evening in Virginia. The NRA strengthened its comment after initially saying the White House had “organized” the event.

The NRA, the most influential gun rights group in terms of political persuasion and financial contributions, boasts a membership of about five million people.

While the world burns around him, Obama is maintaining a laser-like focus on an incremental abrogation of the Second Amendment rights of law abiding American citizens. In conjunction with executive action that will do nothing to stop criminals, he’s using his press monkeys to give him a forum to pontificate on gun control, disguised as a town hall event.

If the NRA were a Republican politician running for national office, they’d probably fall for this trap, show up to the event and hope that this time Lucy wouldn’t pull the football away the Democrats and the media would be reasonable.

Thankfully, they are a savvy, well-oiled organization that is getting even more popular despite constantly being demonized by this president and the anti-Second Amendment loons every time someone who isn’t an NRA member kills people.

The mere presence of the NRA at what will certainly amount to little more than an infomercial for Obama’s latest executive overreach would lend credence to his actions. He doesn’t deserve that and kudos to the organization for understanding that.

On a side, but related, note–I can’t even count anymore how many people I personally know who have recently joined the NRA even though they aren’t gun owners.

That’s how out of touch and scary this president’s lame-duck agenda has become.