During a recent appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the issue of gun control in a way that has drawn criticism from gun rights organizations.
The Attorney General reportedly expressed the administration’s support for a national gun owner registration scheme and for banning firearm possession for any person whose name is on the terrorism watch list.
"It appears those committed to attacking gun owners and the Second Amendment are engaged in blaming guns and gun owners on the heels of this terrorist attack [at Fort Hood]," said the spokesperson for the Law Enforcement Alliance of America Ted Deeds.
"Sadly it looks like ‘politics as usual’," he added.
However, Violence Policy Center joined six other national gun violence prevention organizations yesterday in sending a letter to the White House in which they urged President Obama to use his executive powers to ban the import into the U.S. of the FN Herstal Five-seveN armor-piercing semiautomatic pistol.
"[We also call on you] to join us in pushing for other much-needed policy changes to help reduce America’s epidemic of gun violence, such as gaps in the federal background check system that allow suspected terrorists to legally buy guns," the letter stated.
The coalition says their appeal was spurred by the November 5 shooting at Fort Hood which left 13 people dead and more than 30 wounded.