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    Barack Obama should concentrate on fighting Daesh, rather than violating US citizens’ second amendment rights.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Barack Obama must put an end to his invasion of US citizens’ second amendment rights and concentrate on eliminating Daesh, US House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters on Wednesday.

    “I think it’d be nice if he would actually focus on defeating ISIS, on calling radical Islamic terrorism what it actually is instead of talking about how we can intimidate and frustrate the second amendment rights of law abiding citizens,” Ryan said at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.

    Obama earlier unveiled measures that would require individuals involved in trading firearms to obtain special licenses and carry out background checks of their customers. The US government would treat failure to comply by firearms salespeople as a criminal matter.

    Obama also pledged to increase funding for treating mental health as well as support research on gun safety technology. The president underscored that the measures will not violate US citizens’ constitutional right to bear and keep arms, but many are skeptical.

    “The President clearly does not respect the Second Amendment rights for law abiding Americans,” Ryan said. “We will look at all of our options but we will not take this distraction for more than it is: a distraction.”

    On Wednesday, US advocacy group National Gun Victims Action Council Secretary Martha Rosenberg told Sputnik that Obama could implement a state of emergency to prevent any legal challenges to his executive gun control regulations.


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