Rep. Hank Johnson on NRA: ‘They Still Cannot Get Over’ That Obama Is ‘Black’

By Matt Cover | January 16, 2013 | 12:27 PM EST

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.). (AP)

( - Representative Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said that the National Rifle Association (NRA) opposed President Barack Obama's gun control plans because the group “still cannot get over” the fact that the president is “black.”

Following a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday, Rep. Johnson suggested that NRA opposition to Obama’s gun control policies was personal. then asked Johnson, "You said just a minute ago that part of the NRA's true colors was a personal dislike of the president. Why do you think that is?"

Rep. Johnson said, "First of all, he is a black. And as a black person being the president of the United States, that is something they still cannot get over."

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President Obama announced on Wednesday a slate of proposed gun control regulations in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The NRA has expressed opposition to any new gun control proposals, arguing that new regulations would be a violation of Americans' Second Amendment rights.

President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Johnson said that it was because the NRA could not "get over" the election of a black president.

"They couldn't get over the first election, [and] they're still shell-shocked at the second election," he said. "That's a pun, shell-shocked."

The press conference on Wednesday was also attended by liberal Democrats Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)