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NRA responds to Obama’s gun control remarks

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, about steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence. Also on stage are stakeholders, and individuals whose lives have been impacted by the gun violence. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama spoke in the East Room of the White House. (AP Photo/)

The National Rife Association came out strongly against President Obama’s proposed gun control measures in a statement on Monday.

The statement, released by the organization’s Institute for Legislative Action, called Obama’s Tuesday address detailing his plans for executive action on gun control a “condescending” lecture. It also accused the president of using the issue to distract the public from terrorism concerns.

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“Once again, President Obama has chosen to engage in political rhetoric, instead of offering meaningful solutions to our nation’s pressing problems,” the statement said.

Obama on Tuesday announced he would take a series of executive actions aimed at expanding background checks for gun purchases.

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During the event, Obama wiped tears from his eyes as he recounted the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.

‘‘Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad,’’ he said.

Read the full NRA statement below:

“Once again, President Obama has chosen to engage in political rhetoric, instead of offering meaningful solutions to our nation’s pressing problems. Today’s event also represents an ongoing attempt to distract attention away from his lack of a coherent strategy to keep the American people safe from terrorist attack.

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The American people do not need more emotional, condescending lectures that are completely devoid of facts. The men and women of the National Rifle Association take a back seat to no one when it comes to keeping our communities safe. But the fact is that President Obama’s proposals would not have prevented any of the horrific events he mentioned. The timing of this announcement, in the eighth and final year of his presidency, demonstrates not only political exploitation but a fundamental lack of seriousness.

The proposed executive actions are ripe for abuse by the Obama Administration, which has made no secret of its contempt for the Second Amendment. The NRA will continue to fight to protect the fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms as guaranteed under our Constitution. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be harassed or intimidated for engaging in lawful, constitutionally-protected activity – nor will we allow them to become scapegoats for President Obama’s failed policies.”

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