The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre delivered in Reno, Nev., tonight what he called a “major response” to President Obama’s inauguration address.

The NRA’s website promised an aggressive answer to Obama’s speech, and LaPierre delivered, focusing in particular on the president’s line, “We cannot mistake absolutism for principle.”

Obama wants to turn the idea of “absolutism” into a dirty word, just another word for “extremism.” He wants you to accept the idea of “principles” as he sees fit to define them. It’s a way of redefining words so that common sense is turned upside-down and nobody knows the difference.

Think about it. As families, when we’re broke and all our credit cards are maxed out, we’re forced to tighten our belts.

But when the government is broke and our bond rating is tumbling and the president wants more new social programs, borrowing more money is supposed to be “principled.” And anybody who questions that is a no-good “absolutist” — Obama code for extremist.

With the NRA effectively framed as the villain in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting even before the organization had responded to the tragedy, LaPierre has had a tough public relations fight on his hands. What could LaPierre have said to placate the following critics? Not much, we suspect.

Someone dares to abuse the First Amendment to rebut the president’s speech? Scary times, indeed.