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Obama Slams Charge That He’s Taking Away Guns as ‘Conspiracy’

President Barack Obama hosted a town hall event on Thursday night that addressed the issue of gun control.

During the event, Obama took questions from Second Amendment supporters. Obama made it clear that he respected an individual’s right to bear arms, but said it was time for meaningful change. He even extended an olive branch to the NRA and suggested he was disappointed that they didn’t attend the event.

“The conversation has to be based on facts and truth and what we’re actually proposing, not some imaginary fiction in which Obama’s trying to take away your guns,” Obama stressed.

Kimberly Corban, a woman who was raped, said that she wouldn’t feel safe without guns and the ability to protect herself.

“I have been unspeakable victimized once already and I refuse to let that happen again to myself or my kids,” she said. “So why can’t your administration see that these restrictions that you’re putting to make it harder for me to own a gun or harder for me to take that where I need to be is actually just making my kids and I less safe.”

“Your story is horrific,” Obama answered, crediting her for coming forward with her story. “There’s nothing we’ve proposed that would make it harder for you to purchase a firearm.”

ABC News reports:

The president said that his actions would make it harder for her assailant to acquire a weapon when he gets out of prison.

Obama also took a question from Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who recalled testifying in the Senate when second amendment advocates and senators warned him that the president’s reforms to background checks would lead to a national gun registry. Kelly raised estimates that there are 365 million guns in 65 million locations.

“If the federal government wanted to confiscate those objects, how would they do that?” Kelly asked sarcastically.

“This notion of a conspiracy out there…” Obama began to answer when Anderson Cooper cut him off.

“Is it fair to call it a conspiracy?” Cooper interjected. “A lot of people really believe this deeply. They just don’t trust you.”

“I’m sorry, Cooper. Yes it is fair to call it a conspiracy,” Obama shot back incredulously. “What are you saying? Are you suggesting that the notion that we are creating a plot to take everybody’s guns away so that we can impose martial law is [not] a conspiracy? Yes that is a conspiracy! I would hope that you would agree with that. Is that controversial?”

“I’m only going to be here for another year,” he added. “When would I have started on this enterprise, right?”

Obama told Cooper that he has never owned a gun, although he does “some skeet shooting” at Camp David with a 12-gauge shotgun, joking that he is not making claims about his marksmanship.”

The president unveiled several measures earlier this week intended to advance his gun safety agenda by bypassing Congress.

The actions are designed to accomplish four goals: keep guns out of the wrong hands through expanded background checks, make communities safer, increase funds for mental health treatment by $500 million while improving reporting of background check system information and shape the future of gun technology.

Photo credit: Boston Globe.

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