President Barack Obama, according to Fox News’s article, is trying to undercut the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the gun control debate.

Meanwhile, McClatchy has reported that the sale of guns has hit “a record high” since his re-election.

After Obama was elected in 2008, “an estimated 67 million firearms have been purchased in the United States. That’s more than were sold in almost seven years before his first election.”

The year 2012 set new records for gun sales, “with more than 19 million background checks conducted.”

“Demand went crazy and people bought up everything that was there,” said Becky Bieker, owner of She’s A Pistol gun shop in Shawnee. (From McClatchy)

CAPTION: Obama tries to undercut NRA in gun control debate
President takes pitch on the road
Ann Coulter with Sean Hannity on Fox News, February 4, 2013

On Monday, President Obama “tried to undercut National Rifle Association leaders” and spoke directly to NRA members, “claiming gun owners support the ‘common-sense’ gun control measures he’s proposed — and urging those supporters to ‘keep the pressure’ on Congress.”

The president spoke in Minnesota, in his first campaign-style stop as part of a second-term push for new firearms laws.

On the other side of that debate, the NRA has aggressively argued against Democrats’ call for a new and stronger assault-weapons ban, a ban on high-capacity magazines and universal background checks. But in a risky move, the president used his speech Monday to try and sideline America’s most powerful gun lobby. (From Fox News.)

Here’s Chris Wallace interviewing Wayne LaPierre of the NRA on his Sunday Fox program:

Chris Wallace’s site reports that it is Wayne LaPierre’s “contention that criminals will not subject themselves to expanded back ground checks, only law-abiding citizens will.”

LaPierre argued that criminals will find a way to get the weapon they want, they will not be deterred by an expanded check.

Another proposal gaining some steam in Congress is banning high-capacity magazines.

Read more at Chris Wallace’s site.