President Barack Obama answered a gun executive, a sheriff, a rape survivor and a widow who oppose his actions at the “Guns in America” town hall event.
Obama also rejected the “imaginary fiction” that he wanted to take away the guns of law-abiding Americans.
“The way it is described, is that we are trying to take away everybody’s guns,” Obama said, charging that his opponents had twisted his plans on gun safety measures.
“Our position is consistently mischaracterized,” Obama said. “If you listen to the rhetoric, it is so over-the-top, it is so overheated.”
Obama also took questions from people who agreed with his proposal to expand background checks, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, who have been fierce advocates of increased gun control since Giffords was seriously wounded in a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona.
The President also said that he would be happy to meet with representatives of the National Rifle Association, which declined to take part in the town hall meeting even though other gun rights advocates did attend.
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