'Just Not True': Obama Denies He Wants To Take Away Guns


President Barack Obama stopped in Indiana and promised he doesn't want to take away people's guns.

"The notion that I or Hillary or Democrats or whoever you want to choose are hell-bent on taking away folks' guns is just not true," he told the crowd in Elkhart, Indiana, according to PBS.

“And I don’t care how many times the NRA says it. I’m about to leave office,” Obama continued. “There have been more guns sold since I’ve been president than just about any time in U.S. history. There are enough guns for every man, woman and child in this country.”

Indeed, more guns were sold in December, 2015 than in any other month in more than 20 years, according to data compiled by The New York Times. The big increase in gun sales came after Obama called for tighter restrictions on buying assault weapons in the wake of the San Bernardino, California, mass shooting that killed 14 people and injured 22.

“President Obama has actually been the best salesman for firearms,” Brian W. Ruttenbur, an analyst with financial services firm BB&T Capital Markets, told the Times.

During his speech in Indiana, Obama made his case that he isn't against the Second Amendment, adding that “at no point have I ever proposed confiscating guns from responsible gun owners.”

During his presidency, Obama has spoken often about gun violence, but his administration hasn't been active on widening gun control measures. However, in January, he proposed stronger background checks and a narrowing of the “gun control loophole,” which allows unlicensed sellers, who are not required to do background checks, to sell at gun shows, according to Politifact.

“There is a way for us to have commonsense gun laws,” Obama told the Indiana crowd. “There is a way for us to make sure that lawful, responsible gun owners like yourself are able to use them for sporting, hunting, [and] protecting yourself, but the only way we’re going to do that is if we don’t have a situation in which anything that is proposed is viewed as some tyrannical destruction of the Second Amendment.”

Sources: PBS, Politifact / Photo credit: White House/Wikipedia

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