NRA: Obama wants total gun ban

Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association CEO, testifies as supporters and opponents of stricter gun control measures face off at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Jan. 30. On Thursday, LaPierre warned fellow NRA members that he had said long ago Obama "would set about dismantling the Second Amendment.”

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Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association CEO, testifies as supporters and opponents of stricter gun control measures face off at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Jan. 30. On Thursday, LaPierre warned fellow NRA members that he had said long ago Obama “would set about dismantling the Second Amendment.”

WASHINGTON — National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre accused President Obama on Thursday of plotting “the most aggressive campaign in history to destroy our Second Amendment rights.”

The NRA chief offered his own rebuttal to Obama’s State of the Union address by deriding him and the media before a friendly NRA crowd in Nashville that gave him a standing ovation.

Much of his brief speech involved his take on responses to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

LaPierre said “the media scoffed at our proposal” for armed security in every school nationwide and that Obama won’t support it despite what the NRA chief characterized as widespread public support.

LaPierre portrayed Obama as cynically claiming he wants to keep school children safe but possessing “fraudulent intentions.” His real aim, he said, is “to ban every gun they can.”

LaPierre told the NRA crowd that he had warned members long ago that “President Obama would set about dismantling the Second Amendment.”

jwarren@nydailynews.com

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