LaPierre didn't even think there should be any discussion over guns in the first place.
"My basic reaction is that if you want to start a dialogue, it really shouldn't be about guns. The dialogue really ought to be on bad people and mad men, because unless we focus on that, we're never going to get to the point," LaPierre said. "We ought to be doing everything we can to get mad men and felons and drug dealers off the streets, because you can pass all the gun laws you want, and unless you get them off the street, you're not going to make people safe."
Obama wrote in his op-ed that some would "predictably cast any discussion as the opening salvo in a wild-eyed scheme to take away everybody's guns. And such hyperbole will become the fodder for overheated fundraising letters."
"But I have more faith in the American people than that," Obama wrote. "Most gun-control advocates know that most gun owners are responsible citizens. Most gun owners know that the word 'commonsense' isn't a code word for 'confiscation.' And none of us should be willing to remain passive in the face of violence or resigned to watching helplessly as another rampage unfolds on television."