President Obama answered an important question about gun policy following PBS NewsHour’s town hall on June 1 in Elkhart, Indiana.
In the audience, a man asked Obama why he and Hillary Clinton are trying to restrict gun manufacturers and owners from buying guns. The man mentioned that Chicago, President Obama’s hometown, has one of the highest murder rates despite having some of the strictest gun laws in the nation.
President Obama responding explaining the common misconception that he or Senator Clinton wanted to take guns away from Americans.
“At no point have I ever proposed confiscating guns from responsible gun owners,” Obama said.
Obama compared his effort to implement gun safety measures to automobile laws, which was a major response in the 20th century to an excess in vehicular deaths. Therefore, the government made it their priority to enforce stricter driving laws and procedures to mitigate the risks of driving.
President Obama noted that even suspected ISIL sympathizers who are banned from flying in the United States are able to buy guns, because the National Rifle Association (NRA) uses its power and wealth to lobby members of Congress.
This is a complicated issue, but one that needs to be discussed after the endless gun violence we are experiencing in the United States.
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