The National Rifle Association is using President Obama’s favorable reference to the assault weapons ban as a pro-Mitt Romney rallying cry to gun owners in swing states, reports the Houston Chronicle. During Tuesday night’s presidential debate, the president “gave law-abiding hunters, gun owners a preview of what to expect in a second Obama administration,” said the NRA’s Andrew Arulanandam. “He went straight out and supported a gun ban.”
Responding to an audience question on what he’d do to limit the availability of AK-47s and other military-style weapons, Obama ended up giving an oblique endorsement of reviving the lapsed assault weapons ban approved by a Democratic-controlled Congress in 1994. Republicans let it expire in 2004. “What I’m trying to do is to get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the violence generally,” Obama said. “Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced.” The NRA has fielded 25 paid organizers deployed to 13 states. Gun-control advocates dismissed the NRA’s stepped-up ground game as gun-lobby bluster with little substance.