February 2, 2013

Ever fired a gun? Turns out president has

Answering critics, the White House releases a photo of Obama shooting skeet at Camp David.

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE The Associated Press

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President Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., on Aug. 4, 2012, in this photo released by the White House on Saturday, two days before the president heads to Minnesota to talk about gun-control initiatives.

AP photo by The White House/Pete Souza

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"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," Obama said. "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 10, 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."

"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 said.

His gun control measures also have met resistance on Capitol Hill.

In Minneapolis on Monday, Obama plans to make remarks and discuss his proposals with local and law enforcement officials during a stop at the police department's special operations center. He's also expected to hear from community members about their experiences with gun violence.

Obama announced his proposals in mid-January, about a month after the Dec. 14 shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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