It didn’t take long for that national conversation on guns inspired by the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings to turn into a week’s worth of closed-door meetings in Washington, and according to NRA representatives, the conversation was more of a lecture.

As Twitchy reported earlier, Vice President Joe Biden said this week’s meetings with his gun task force were not a photo opportunity, but the White House did manage to sneak out a couple of pictures today, including one from this afternoon’s meeting.

In a statement released after the meeting, the NRA stood its ground (no pun intended) on gun rights.

With the NRA already being blamed, quite literally, for the deaths of 20 children in Newtown, Conn., as well as being the target of several petitions to declare it a terrorist group, there’s little chance for the gun rights group to win many public relations battles, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to try. Rather, it will do what it does; defend the Second Amendment. In the meantime, the media, Hollywood and anti-gun activists will continue to do what they do.

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten is on board with Charles Blow in his assessment of the NRA as a pro-proliferation group. “Groups like the NRA aren’t as much about rights as wrongs. The money being churned is soaked in blood and marked by madness,” Blow wrote in yesterday’s New York Times.