January 17th, 2013
02:13 PM ET

NRA's power over Democrats: Obama faces uphill battle with Congress

President Obama signed 23 executive actions Wednesday that he says will strengthen gun control.

Obama announces 23 executive actions, asks Congress to pass gun laws

President Obama also called on Congress to do more.

"This will be difficult. There will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical all out assault on liberty."

President Obama added, "Not because that's true, but because they want to gen up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves and behind the scenes, they'll do everything they can to block any common sense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever."

One of special interest lobbyist is the National Rifle Association - calling the president's recommendations  "feel good proposals that won't work."

The NRA is not only a powerful force among Republicans, the organization is also influential among Democrats. One of them - the top Democrat in the Senate, Harry Reid.

John Avlon is looking into the Majority Leader's ties with the NRA. He's OutFront.

Should the president be worried about members of his own party too?

Filed under: Congress • Gun Control • Law
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. sm980268

    Most americans couldnt get their gun out of their purse or holster let alone shoot themselves in the foot or innocent victims, but if it makes them feel safer cool ! But the American people demand national background checks for everyone. Ban semi-automatics, and total accountability for your every bullet! God Bless!

    January 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  2. Joey at Purdue Univ

    I'm baffled by my pro-gun friends that claim that had they been in Aurora, they'd have been the one to take down this madman at 50 yards in a crowded, frantic, dark movie theater with a mass of humanity running all over the place. These guys need a 100 gallon drum full of feed to hit a deer at close range, and the deer isn't even shooting back.

    January 18, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Reply

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