NRA criticizes White House over gun safety talks
Vice President Joe Biden is holding more talks as he wraps up his task force to curb gun violence. But it was his meeting with the National Rifle Association on Thursday that's drawing a lot of attention.
"It was two sides stating their position and then leaving," said David Keene, NRA president.
White House officials would not comment on the meeting, which was a part of Biden's gun safety task force. But the president of the NRA is speaking out, accusing the Obama administration of attacking the second amendment.
"They made it very clear that the president's position on firearms and on the so-called assault weapons ban and the like had been same position he has taken for many years and that they were going to stick with that," said Keene.
David Keene told NBC's "Today" show that he doesn't think such a ban is going to get the votes it would need. He also said there's a fundamental disagreement over what would actually make a difference in curbing gun violence.
The NRA also rejected administration proposals to limit high-capacity ammunition magazines.
The sharp words came after the vice president previewed his upcoming report earlier in the day.
"There is an emerging set of recommendations. I'm going to focus on the ones that relate primarily to gun ownership, and the type of weapons we own. And one is there is a surprising-so far-a surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks," said the vice president.
Biden is meeting with representatives of the video game industry Friday.
Meanwhile the president is coming under scrutiny this week, after naming Jack Lew as treasury secretary, the fourth white male Obama has chosen in the last month to fill top openings in his cabinet and administration.
Critics have seized on a photo that shows the president surrounded by all male advisers although the White House says top aide Valerie Jarrett is hidden behind the men.
In addition, one of the president's two female deputy chiefs of staff, Nancy-Anne Deparle, is leaving next week.
EPA administrator Lisa Jackson is quitting and so is Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
The most high-profile woman in the president's cabinet, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is also on her way out.
"I think the White House is probably going to be careful with the next announcement to have some women, maybe have some minorities be a part of it to offset this perception this kind of self-inflicted error," said Susan Page, USA Today.
The White House has been playing defense on the issue, pointing out that it has many women in sub-cabinet posts and saying there are more positions to fill.
As for the gun safety task force, the vice president says he will present his recommendations to the president on Tuesday.