NRA: 'Attacking firearms' not solution
The NRA largely dismissed President Barack Obama's proposals to reduce gun violence Wednesday, saying they amounted to an attack on firearms and would affect only law-abiding gun owners.
"We look forward to working with Congress on a bipartisan basis to find real solutions to protecting America's most valuable asset - our children," the NRA said in a statement after Obama presented his plan to tighten background checks for all gun purchases and reinstate an assault weapons ban.
"Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation. Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy," the NRA said.
Meanwhile, the White House condemned the NRA's new "Stand and Fight" ad that called the president an "elitist hypocrite" for sending his daughters, Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, to a school that has armed guards.
The ad asks "Are the president's kids more important than yours?"
"To make the president's children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Wednesday.