Gun Group Takes Up Kerry Offer to Meet With 'All the People'

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - In a speech to the NAACP on Thursday, Sen. John F. Kerry said he would truly be a "uniter," and would meet with anyone -- even those who disagree with him. Gun Owners of America said it is ready to take up John Kerry on his offer.

Kerry said that when you're president, "You need to talk to all the people -- and that's exactly what I intend to do.

"I will be a president who truly is a uniter," Kerry said, "not one who seeks to divide our nation."

"Excellent!" said GOA Director of Communications Erich Pratt. "We're so glad to hear that you want to talk with us and help unite this nation. How about working with us to defend the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights?

Gun Owners of America notes that Sen. Kerry has not shown up for most of his Senate votes this year. However, Pratt said, "He did fly into town this March -- specifically to ban several scores of semi-automatic firearms."

GOA says Kerry's voting record on gun rights issues has been "consistently poor," and the group said it "looks forward to discussing these issues with his campaign. Gun Owners of America said it has contacted the Kerry campaign to take the candidate up on his offer.