Two days after declaring that he would strengthen gun laws, President Obama addressed his critics at a town hall meetings.
As President Obama works tirelessly to implement gun control regulations, firearm supporters continue to cry conspiracy, claiming that the president is attempting to confiscate all guns.
During last night’s CNN-hosted town hall meeting, President Obama emphasized that he wanted to impose stricter backgrounds checks to repair many Americans’ frayed sense of personal security. His stance, he said, in no way equated to wanting to seize all guns, reports the Associated Press.
“Yes, that is a conspiracy,” President Obama said during the discussion. “I’m only going to be here for another year. When would I have started on this enterprise?”
Notably absent from the discussion were officials from the NRA, the country’s largest pro-gun organization who, many feel, possess much influence over the nation’s top lawmakers. NRA officials said in a statement that they saw “no reason to participate in a public relations spectacle orchestrated by the White House.” President Obama quickly addressed their nonappearance.
“Since this is a main reason they exist, you’d think that they’d be prepared to have a debate with the president,” President Obama said.
The debate came two days after President Obama addressed the nation in a televised appearance, where he announced his intentions to issue an executive order tightening gun laws.
“We’ve created a system in which dangerous people are allowed to play by a different set of rules than a responsible gun owner who buys their gun the right way and subject themselves to a background check,” President Obama said at the press conference. “That doesn’t make sense.”