On Friday, gun rights advocate John Lott told radio talk show host Laura Ingraham that Barack Obama once told him that people should not be able to own guns.
According to Lott, Obama made the statement the first time the two met.
“He said to me, ‘I don’t believe people should be able to own guns,'” he recalled.
Lott said he offered to meet with him over lunch to discuss the issue.
“But he just wrinkled his face and turned around and walked away. And that was the end of our first conversation on that,” he said.
Ingraham asked Lott to verify that Obama said “people,” and not just “criminals.”
Lott said Obama was “very clear” in his statement.
“He said, ‘I don’t believe people should be able to own guns,'” he reiterated.
Lott said that he had told the New York Times about the incident in 2008.
“But they never used it in their story on him with regard to his time in Chicago,” he added.
“I think that’s the way he still feels,” Ingraham responded, comparing Obama to committed leftists she knew at Dartmouth.
Ingraham added that she did not find the news surprising “at all.”
Lott also said that the two people Obama put on the Supreme Court do not believe individuals have a right to own guns.
Last May, Obama told gun control advocate Sarah Brady that he was working on gun control “under the radar.”
“’I just want you to know that we are working on it,’ Brady recalled the president telling them. ‘We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar,’” the Washington Post reported.
Earlier in the week, Obama used the Aurora movie shooting to call for gun control in a speech at the National Urban League Convention, but White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Obama was focused on actions, “short of legislation and short of gun laws,” to stem violence, the New York Daily News reported.
“But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals — that they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities,” Obama said.
“More Americans have died from AK fire than any other gun but the triggers were not pulled by American citizens,” the Daily Caller reported.
The report also said that if Obama is re-elected, “he may be able to amass the power” to enact the type of gun control he wants.
“After all,” the Daily Caller concluded, “who can disagree with ‘Common sense gun control?'”
Video of the exchange between Lott and Ingraham can be seen here.
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