Lauer Grills NRA President: Has ‘Monumental’ Power of Gun Rights Group ‘Eroded’?

In an interview with National Rifle Association president David Keene on Friday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer wondered: “Do you have the support in Congress to block any federal ban on assault weapons in the coming year?…How close do you think Congress can get on that?” He then speculated: “People talk about the power of the NRA. They look at it almost, you know, in monumental terms. Do you think in the wake of these shootings that power has been eroded at all, Mr. Keene?” [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Keene rejected the framing of Lauer’s question and explained: “Americans who believe strongly in the Second Amendment, and their right to own privately and use firearms for legitimate purposes, is a huge number of people who really care about these issues….it’s not the power of the NRA, Matt. What it is, is the strength of belief among millions of Americans in their right under the Constitution to privately own firearms.”

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