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NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Obama Still Whining about Gun Owners’ Political Power

Barack Obama is still upset about just how bitterly so many Americans cling to their guns. During an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired November 17, the former president expressed his anger with the fact that gun owners successfully organized to defeat his radical gun control agenda in early 2013. When asked by Winfrey about high-profile shootings, Obama responded,”I have to say, Oprah, gun violence is one of those issues that I think we are far away from the promised land on because it’s become such a cultural hot button issue. It’s become wrapped up with people’s sense of identity and the degree to which the country is divided. Addressing the December 2012 high-profile shooting in Newtown, Conn. and the political aftermath, the former president went on to add, “But, I will say that was the not only maybe the saddest day of my presidency, but when Congress failed to do anything in the aftermath of Sandy Hook was probably the angriest I ever was during my presidency. I was disgusted and appalled by the inaction… it was all viewed as politics…” Obama’s response was in line with his previous statements on the topic. In a July 2015 interview with the BBC, Obama noted that gun control was “one area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied.” For her part, Winfrey was in visible agreement with Obama as he responded to her question. Winfrey has been associated with gun control activism since the 1990s when the talk show host supported radical anti-gun group CeaseFire, Inc. Part of the group’s mission statement was to “educate Americans to view handguns as the inherently unsafe and dangerous products they are, and not appropriate to have in any home.” Winfrey also promoted the anti-gun Million Mom March and has expressed her support for a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms.  [full article]

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