President Obama has barely said a word about guns during his presidency, other than urging “the beginning of a new discussion” after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot, but the National Rifle Association and other gun enthusiasts still deeply distrust and fear him, says Politico. The NRA, which is setting aside at least $40 million to defeat Obama in November, claims he would gut the Second Amendment in his second term through domestic or international moves that he's been hesitant to advance over the past three-plus years.
Gun and ammunition sales, which rocketed when Obama took office, are again on the rise as owners stockpile weaponry in part because they're afraid those won't be available if he wins reelection, says the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms industry trade group. “He's his own stimulus plan for the gun industry,” said Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ar.). Some Democrats shrug off NRA efforts, calling the group a wing of the GOP that doesn’t have much political potency. Of the 13 states that the group targeted with attack ads in 2008, 11 still went for Obama.