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8 January 2016 - Obama's Gun Control Town Hall

Publié par Marion Coste le 01/08/2016

Obama Pleads for Stricter Gun Laws and Faces Tough Questioning

Michael D. Shear (The New York Times, 07/01/2016)

In an intense but civil town-hall-style event broadcast live on television, gun rights activists repeatedly pressed President Obama on Thursday night to justify his gun control efforts, putting him on the defensive over an issue that has divided the nation’s capital and the presidential campaign trail.
The blunt exchanges came on the same day that Mr. Obama pledged in an Op-Ed article published by The New York Times that he would not “campaign for, vote for or support” any candidates, including Democrats, who do not support “common-sense” gun control measures.
Taken together, the twin public-relations efforts reflect the president’s desire to demonstrate for his supporters a commitment to gun control even as he seeks to reassure gun owners that he has no intention of confiscating their weapons.

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Taya Kyle

Taya Kyle, ‘American Sniper’ widow: Gun control won’t make us safer
Kellan Howell (The Washington Times, 07/01/2016)
Taya Kyle, the widow of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, spoke out in favor of gun rights in an op-ed published by CNN Thursday, arguing that taking away guns from law-abiding citizens will not make Americans safer.
Mrs. Kyle, who’s husband was shot and killed by a former Marine at a shooting range in 2013, argued that the federal government should not ban all guns based on the actions of a small number of people that desire to do harm to others.
“We can’t legislate human nature,” Mrs. Kylewrote. “If we add up the number of these mass killers over the last decade,how many people are we talking about? Fewer than 40 over the last decade? Do we want to make laws for millions based on the choices of fewer than 40 evildoers?”

Gun supporters
Gun Supporters To Obama: Restrictions Aren't Worth It If Every Death Won't Be Prevented
Nick Visser and Paige Lavender (The Huffington Post, 07/01/2016)
President Barack Obama addressed questions from gun rights supporters at a town hall event on Thursday, disputing critics who suggest gun control laws aren't worthwhile because they won't prevent every death.
Taya Kyle, widow of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, was the first to address the president. She questioned the ability of a piece of legislation or an executive order to deter those with malicious intent, and asked if it would be better to focus on the positive changes throughout the country, like the ongoing decline in violent crime.
"We want to think that we can make a law and people will follow it," Kyle said. "I don't know that any [attackers] would've been stopped by a background check. We cannot outlaw murder."
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In TV town hall, Obama says NRA scares gun owners with ‘over the top’ rhetoric
Dave Boyer (The Washington Times, 06/01/2016)
President Obama accused the National Rifle Association on Thursday night of frightening gun owners into believing that his gun control proposals are aimed at confiscating their firearms.
During a prime-time, nationally televised town-hall meeting on gun violence, Mr. Obama said the gun rights group has “consistently mischaracterized” his position on guns.
“If you listen to the rhetoric, it is so over the top,” Mr. Obama said. “Every time there’s a mass shooting, gun sales spike. The NRA has convinced many of its members that somebody’s going to come grab their guns.”
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Transcript from CNN’s town hall with President Obama
(Boston Globe, 08/01/2016)
The following are full remarks made at the CNN-hosted town hall forum with President Barack Obama on gun control, as provided by the White House.
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