In his speech at the 122nd International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Chicago on Tuesday, President Obama pleaded with the American people not to believe that he is out to take their guns away. Obama called it a sad irony that after a shooting happens the purchase of guns and ammunition go up.
"And some of you who are watching certain television stations or listening to certain radio programs," Obama began, "Please do not believe this notion that somehow I'm out to take everybody's guns away and every time a mass shooting happens one of the saddest ironies is suddenly the purchase of firearms and ammunitions jump up because folks are scared into thinking that Obama is going to use this as an excuse to take away our Second Amendment rights."
"Nobody is doing that," President Obama said. "We're talking about common sense measures to make sure criminals don't get them."
"I'm going to keep calling on the folks in Congress to change the way that they think about gun safety," Obama said. "And if they don't, I'm going to keep on calling on Americans to change the folks in Congress until they get it right."