While a State Senator, Barack Obama votedagainst legislation that contained an exception for handguns if it were used in defense of one’s home.
In 1996, Obama said he would support state legislation to ““ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns” on a survey.
After meeting with Vice President Joe Biden at the White House for continued talks on gun-control, the National Rifle Association released a statement saying that “we attended today’s White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals.”
The NRA voiced disappointment “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 agendas of the Interagency Task Force on Gun Control (TFGC) spent more time proposing restrictions on registered gun owners than trying to figure out how to prevent another Sandy Hook shooting tragedy.
In fact, the recent incident was the justification for blaming “law-abiding gun owners . . . for the acts of criminals and madmen.” It became apparent to the NRA that the Obama administration was concerned about rendering the 2nd Amendment ineffectual instead of adding meaningful contributions to the gun-control debate.