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Which 'Anti-Gun President' is the NRA Talking About?

Much of the conversation surrounding the National Rifle Association's annual meeting on Friday pertained to Republican presumptive nominee Mitt Romney's past flip-flops on gun control.

But also noteworthy was the characterization of President Obama's record on the issue. Chris Cox, the NRA's chief lobbyist, on Friday called President Obama "the most anti-gun, anti-freedom president.''

Pants on Fire. President Obama, when presented with golden opportunities to initiate national conversations on gun control -- after the shootings of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida -- has chosen to stay mum. He did write an editorial in the Arizona Daily Star backing stronger background checks two months after the Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people, but he has largely declined to use the bully pulpit since he was stung during the 2008 campaign for scoffing at people who "cling to guns or religion.''

Back in 2009, he abandoned his goal of trying to reinstate the assault weapons ban begun by President Clinton. And in 2010, he signed NRA-backed legislation that allows gun owners to bring their weapons into national parks.

"The most anti-gun president?" Not by a long shot.

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