Gun Groups Slam Obama on SC Comments

Gun Groups Slam Obama on SC Comments

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 South Carolina church Wednesday night and his remark that “this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”…

“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.”

[The President] acknowledged the scant sentiment within the Republican-controlled Congress for stricter gun laws, saying that he recognizes “the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now.”

A federal universal background bill couldn’t muster the 60 votes necessary even in a Democrat-controlled Senate in the months after the 2012 shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut.

While the National Rifle Association declined to comment to Newsmax on the attack because of the investigation, other gun groups blasted Obama for ignoring a key issue in mass shootings, mental illness, and the rise in gun-free zones throughout the country….