04/19/2013 12:36 am ET | Updated Apr 19, 2013

David Keene: Obama 'Bit Off More Than He Could Chew' On Guns

One day after background checks legislation fell short in the U.S. Senate, National Rifle Association (NRA) President David Keene revealed his opinion of what President Barack Obama learned from the vote.

In a Thursday interview with The Washington Examiner, Keene argued that December 2012's shooting in Newtown, Conn. did not "change people's basic values and feelings."

"What he learned is that he bit off a lot more than he can chew and that you can't just talk your way to a victory," Keene told the paper. "You have to have something that makes some sense and he what he was proposing just didn't make much sense."

Last week, the NRA called the bill formulated by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) a "positive development," while still going against the compromise. Keene voiced opposition, saying that the federal computer system needed to be fixed first.

One week later, Manchin panned the NRA on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," accusing the group of lying. Later that day, the amendment failed, 54-46, in the U.S. Senate.

"Now when when they are so disingenuous and telling members that our legislation, and I quote, 'would criminalize the firearms by honest citizens,'" he said on Wednesday's edition of MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "This bill does not even touch ..."

"That's a lie," host Joe Scarborough interrupted.

"It is a lie, Joe," Manchin responded. "If they lose credibility, they've lost everything in Washington.


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