Taya Kyle, the widowed wife of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle confronted Barack Obama Thursday at a CNN town hall event on guns.
Kyle told President Obama, “The thing is that the laws that we create don’t stop these horrific things from happening, right? And that’s a very tough pill to swallow. We want to think we can make a law and people will follow it but by the very nature of their crime they are not following it.” (RELATED: The ‘Untold Story’ Of Chris Kyle’s Killer)
“By the very nature of looking at the people who hurt our loved ones here, I don’t know any of them would have been stopped by the background check and yet, I crave that desire for hope, too,” Kyle claimed.” And so I think part of it we have to recognize that we cannot outlaw murder because the people who are murdering, right, are — they’re breaking the law but they also don’t have a moral code that we have. And so they could do the same amount of damage with a pipe bomb, the problem is they want to murder.” (RELATED: Chris Kyle’s Widow Uses Next-Gen Rifle To Win ‘American Sniper Shootout’ [VIDEO])
“And I’m wondering why it wouldn’t be a better use of our time to give people hope in a different way,” Kyle said.
“I heard the federal prosecution of gun crimes is like 40 percent and what I mean by that, is that there are people lying on those forms already and we’re not prosecuting so there is an issue there right? But instead, if we can give people hope and say also during this time, while you’ve been president, we are at the lowest murder rate in our country, all time low of murders. We’re at an all-time high of gun ownership, right? I’m not necessarily saying the two are correlated but what I’m saying is that if we’re at an all time low for murder rate that’s a big deal and I think most of us in this country feel like it could happen at any moment. It could happen to any of us at any time.”
“When you talk about the NRA and after a mass shooting that gun sales go up, I would argue it’s not necessarily I think somebody is going to come take my gun from me but I want the hope and the hope that I have the right to protect myself, that I don’t end up to be one of these families, that I have the freedom to carry whatever weapon I feel like I need,” Kyle argued. (RELATED: Obama Admits He’s Been ‘Very Good For Gun Manufactures’ [VIDEO])
“I understand that background checks aren’t necessarily going to stop me from getting a gun, but I also know they wouldn’t have stopped any of the people here in this room from killing. And so it seems like almost a false sense of hope. So why not celebrate where we are? I guess that’s my real question– [and] celebrate that we’re good people and 99.9 percent of us are never going to kill anyone.”