NRA vows to defend gun rights after WH meeting

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's largest gun-rights lobby says its meeting at the White House was more about demonizing the Second Amendment than about keeping students safe.

The National Rifle Association met with Vice President Joe Biden's school safety study group on Thursday and afterward said the participants spent most their time on proposals to limit gun rights. The NRA says it, quote, "will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen."

The politically powerful group -- under public pressure since December's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman massacred 20 children and six women -- says it will now work with Congress to discuss what works in preventing violence and what does not.

The NRA previously proposed armed security in every American school.

Biden says consensus emerging on gun safety

WASHINGTON (AP) -- White House officials recognize that the National Rifle Association isn't likely to support the gun control measures that President Barack Obama is pushing.

But they are hoping to soften the NRA's opposition -- and that's among the goals of today's meeting between Vice President Joe Biden and the group's top lobbyist.

It's part of a series of meetings Biden is having with all sides of the gun issue, before he delivers some new policy proposals to Obama. He says he'll do so by Tuesday.

Biden says a consensus is emerging over proposals such as tightening background checks and banning high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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