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              FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, talks about proposals to reduce gun violence at the White House in Washington. Obama has called for a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines and is pushing other policies in the wake of the mass shooting last month at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. In response, gun-rights advocates have accused Obama and others of ignoring the Second Amendment rights of Americans. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama suggests he goes skeet shooting ‘all the time’

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Will Rahn
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In an interview with The New Republic, President Barack Obama suggested he regularly goes skeet shooting with guests at Camp David.

“[U]p at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time,” Obama said. “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. And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake. 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.”

“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,” Obama added. “So it’s trying to bridge those gaps that I think is going to be part of the biggest task over the next several months. And that means that advocates of gun control have to do a little more listening than they do sometimes.”

Obama has aggressively pushed for tougher gun control laws since last month’s mass shooting in Newton, Conn. left 27 dead. But some of the new policies championed by the president, including a ban on military-style “assault weapons,” are receiving only tepid support from red-state Democrats in Congress.

New Republic editor-in-chief Franklin Foer conducted the interview alongside Chris Hughes, the publication’s 29-year-old publisher. Hughes is a co-founder of Facebook, and worked for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign as an online organizer.

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