Obama Defends Gun Control Push: ‘If You Care About the Safety of Our Police Officers…’
During a presser in Poland today, President Obama defended his gun control push after Dallas by saying the gun control debate concerns the safety of police officers too.
He first wanted to make it clear that the actions of the Dallas gunman––who said he was upset by the recent shootings of black men and wanted to kill white people––does not speak to a “larger political statement,” in the same way people didn’t paint with too broad a brush regarding the white Charleston shooter.
As for his gun control push, the president again insisted the United States is “unique among advanced countries in the scale of violence that we experience.” And he even said that gun control is something supporters of the police should want.
“If you care about the safety of our police officers,” Obama said, “then you can’t set aside the gun issue and pretend that that’s irrelevant.”
He brought up the problems of how––both in Dallas and in the case of Philando Castile––it’s difficult for police to react when there are legal gun owners in their midst.
You can watch the president’s remarks above, via CNN.
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