Gun-rights groups Thursday slammed President Barack Obama’s call for a national reckoning on gun violence after the fatal shooting of nine people in a church Wednesday night and his remark that “this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”
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“Does this man watch the news?” Dave Dalton, founder of the American Gun Owners Alliance (AMGOA), exclaimed to Newsmax before ticking off several mass shootings in recent months. “We had the shooting in Canada not that long ago. You had the one in Sweden. You had knife-and-machete attacks in the UK and other countries.
“You know this stuff happens,” Dalton said.
“Just hours after the tragic shooting in a South Carolina church, President Barack Obama resumed his fanatical war on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners,” said Erich Pratt, spokesman for the Gun Owners of America.
“The president wants to blame an inanimate object — the gun,” Pratt added. “But that just deflects blame away from the real culprit: gun-control policies that leave people defenseless in the face of evil perpetrators who are never effectively prevented from acquiring weapons.”
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