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The gun lobby is “ginning up” fears the federal government will use the Newtown shooting tragedy, exactly one month ago, to seize Americans’ guns, President Barack Obama said Monday.
At least part of the frenzy is little more than marketing, he implied.
“It’s certainly good for business,” the president said, responding to a question about a spike in weapons sales and applications for background checks after the massacre at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School left 27 people dead, 20 of them children.
“Part of the challenge we confront is that even the slightest hint of some sensible, responsible legislation in this area fans this notion that somehow, ‘Here it comes, everybody’s guns are going to be taken away,’” Obama said.
This week, the president is reviewing recommendations from a task force led by Vice President Joe Biden looking into ways to curb gun violence.