VIA|  The National Rifle Association accused President Obama of scapegoating its membership by invoking the gun-rights group as an obstacle to limiting the number of gun deaths in America during his Tuesday remarks from the White House.

“We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to become scapegoats for President Obama’s failed policies,” stated Chris Cox, head of the organization’s lobbying arm.

Obama spoke from the White House to explain new Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau guidelines aimed at requiring more firearms sellers to register as dealers and granting fewer exemptions to which would-be gun owners must undergo background checks, and along the way, Obama said the NRA has cowered lawmakers away from passing gun-safety legislation.

“The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage right now, but they can’t hold America hostage,” Obama said.

Cox accused Obama of undermining Americans’ right to bear arms.

“The proposed executive actions are ripe for abuse by the Obama administration, which has made no secret of its contempt for the Second Amendment,” Cox stated. “The NRA will continue to fight to protect the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed under our Constitution.”

Obama said he appreciates and understands the Bill of Rights and is not trying to thwart Americans’ civil liberties. Predicting the NRA’s reaction, Obama also said: “[T]his is not a plot to take away everybody’s guns. You pass a background check; you purchase a firearm.”

Cox said the 10 new measures are intended to distract voters from terrorists’ ability to radicalize Americans and inspire them to gun down colleagues and friends, like what happened last month in San Bernardino, Calif.

“Today’s event also represents an ongoing attempt to distract attention away from his lack of a coherent strategy to keep the American people safe from terrorist attacks,” Cox charged.

“The American people do not need more emotional, condescending lectures that are completely devoid of facts,” Cox stated. “The men and women of the National Rifle Association take a back seat to no one when it comes to keeping our communities safe. But the fact is that President Obama’s proposals would not have prevented any of the horrific events he mentioned.”