NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre pauses during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shootings on Dec. 21.
(CBS NEWS) -- Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the National Rifle Association, said
President Obama's inaugural address was an attack on law-abiding gun
owners, insisting that the president wants to take away people's guns.
to Mr. Obama's line,"We cannot mistake absolutism for principle,"
LaPierre said the president "wants to turn absolutism into a dirty word"
and said the president is using it as another word for "extremism."
outspoken head of the NRA has mounted a full-throated defense in recent
weeks against any effort to invoke stricter gun laws. He said the
president thinks anyone who disagrees with him is an "absolutist" and
that he "doesn't agree with the freedoms [gun owners] cherish."
the massacre in Newtown, Conn., where 27 people were killed, the
president proposed a series of gun-related executive orders and
congressional actions, including a ban on assault weapons, limits on
high-capacity magazine clips and the creation of a national database of
LaPierre took issue with each of the
proposals, including what he called a "massive federal [gun] registry."
He said its only purpose is to "tax 'em or take 'em."
an anti-government thread in his speech, LaPierre said political
leaders "take for themselves" and that gun owners "believe in the right
to defend ourselves with semiautomatic firearm technology."
speech to a group of hunting and wildlife enthusiasts in Reno, Nev.,
Tuesday was devoted entirely to slamming the president's gun control
proposals, saying that law-abiding citizens would have fewer rights than
criminals, political "elites and their bodyguards."