Leah Barkoukis
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Surprise! President Obama completely understands how gun owners in rural America feel and he’s on their side, or something. 

President Obama says he regularly skeet shoots at Camp David and called on gun-control proponents to “do a little more listening” to gun owners in the national debate over firearms.

In an interview with The New Republic posted on Sunday Obama said that he and guests “do skeet shooting all the time” at the presidential retreat and said he understood why many rural voters were protective of their gun-ownership rights.

“Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. And I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations,” said the president. “And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake."

Obama suggested that the divide over gun reform could be traced to the split between rural and urban areas and said he hoped to “bridge those gaps” in his push to stem gun violence.

“Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas,” said Obama. “And if you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were ten, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family's traditions, you can see why you'd be pretty protective of that.”

It’s as though he’s trying to paint himself as the good guy in the gun control debate by 'calling on gun-control proponents to do a little more listening to gun owners'. The only problem, of course, is that this comes after he already demonized American gun owners of all stripes every step of the way. Telling Americans he goes skeet shooting “all the time” will hardly change anyone’s mind on either side of this debate. It’s obvious he’s worried that Sen. Feinstein’s proposed legislation won’t go anywhere because of the six senators in the Democratic caucus (mainly from rural areas) that are opposed to a ban.

But going back to his actual argument—how many times must we tell the president that the Second Amendment is not about hunting or sport shooting? It’s about defending ourselves against a tyrannical government. 

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Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Assistant Editor at Townhall.com/Townhall Magazine.

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