THE WHITE HOUSE — Yesterday, Wayne LaPierre, one of the NRA's top dogs, met with Vice President Joe Biden and other gun supporters. The purpose of the meeting was to provide input to the Vice President from various stakeholders so Mr. Biden can make recommendations to President Obama on how to deal with the recent epidemic of mass shootings.

LaPierre was accompanied by the NRA's president, David Keene, who told Mr. Biden that he does not support instituting background checks at gun shows.

As he left the White House, Mr. Keene explained to a solitary reporter that the NRA is fully committed to following Barry Goldwater's dictum: "Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is No Vice!"

“We are extremely committed,” Mr. Keene continued, “to advancing the proposition that the Second Amendment trumps all the other parts of the Constitution, because the Second Amendment enshrines our notion that just about anybody is at liberty to use guns, including semi-automatic assault weapons, when they want; and we are very concerned about the shoddy treatment being given in Colorado to James Holmes, a suspect in the shooting of a few people in an Aurora movie theatre last summer.”

“James Holmes was exercising his Second Amendment rights. No weapon should ever be taken away from an American citizen, least of all by the government.”

“At his preliminary hearing, Mr. Holmes was 'defended' in court by public defenders. That's not good enough. I've instructed our legal counsel to fly immediately to Colorado to represent him.”

Informed of this development, a guard at the Arapahoe County Jail, where Mr. Holmes is being held without bail, said that Mr. Holmes is very pleased to learn that his new-found defense team will not claim that he was insane at the time of the shooting, but rather, that he was acting fully within his constitutional rights.

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