Gun Control Groups Silent In Exchange for Access to White House Meetings


President Obama's gun control agenda is looking more doomed by the day, but gun control advocates haven't said a word to complain. The White House knew its post-Newtown effort would require bringing key gun-control groups into the fold. So the White House offered a simple arrangement, Politico reports: the groups could have access and involvement, but they'd have to offer silence and support in exchange. The implied rules, according to many of those involved: No infighting. No second guessing in the press. Support whatever the president and Vice President Biden propose. Most of all, don't make waves or get ahead of the White House. The groups would have a voice in the discussions, a role in whatever final agreement is made and weekly meetings at the White House with Biden's chief of staff, Bruce Reed, provided they don't discuss what happens there. For the White House, this strategy was about ensuring Obama had a united front as he pushed for new laws, and that he won't shoulder the blame if and when the negotiations fail.

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