President Obama Slams The Idea That He’s Taking Away Guns As An NRA ‘Conspiracy’

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On Thursday evening, President Obama took his new gun control plan to CNN for a town hall-styled discussion called “Guns In America.” The event was held on the eve of the five-year anniversary when Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot. Giffords attended to watch Obama field questions from American Sniper widow Taya Kayle, who supports gun ownership: “99.9% of us aren’t going to kill anyone.” Several moments were also dedicated to the Sandy Hook tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut:

“It was one of the worst days of my presidency. I visited Newtown two days after what happened. It was the only time I’ve ever seen Secret Service cry.”

Obama also responded to host Anderson Cooper’s examination of Monday’s tearful press conference, which left people surprised to see Obama cry while speaking about Newtown: “I was, too, to be honest.”

Now, this wasn’t a true town hall, for it was invitation only. One of the invited parties was the National Rifle Association, who declined to take part in the conversation despite all of their grievances against Obama’s executive gun measures. Obama has repeatedly denied trying to shut down the Second Amendment, and the NRA has repeatedly disagreed. The NRA (who tweeted all night as part of the #GunsInAmerica hashtag) called out Obama for trying to use them in a “PR stunt.”

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