President Obama took aim at the National Rifle Association this week after they failed to show up to a prime-time town hall meeting on gun control.
The tough-talking President blasted the group during the televised debate and said: “Our position is consistently mischaracterized.
“There’s a reason that the NRA isn’t here. They’re right down the street. You think they’d be prepared to have a debate with the President.”
President Obama spoke at the meeting held at George Mason University in Washington, near the NRA’s headquarters.
CNN, which broadcast the event, said it invited the gun group, but the NRA declined.
“I’m happy to meet with them. I’m happy to talk with them,” Obama said.
But meanwhile NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told CNN the group saw “no reason to participate in a public relations spectacle orchestrated by the White House.”
But CNN reported it was the cable news network, not the White House, that proposed the gathering.
CNN said the audience was evenly divided between people who support the Second Amendment and those who believe in tighter gun regulations.
But NRA honcho Wayne LaPierre was nowhere to seen and neither were any other members of the group.
Obama used the event to push a series of executive orders aimed at expanding background checks, improving gun safety and providing more funds for mental health treatment.
Obama said: “What I’ve said consistently throughout my presidency is I respect the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.”
The meeting — dubbed “Guns in America” — took place following a spate of mass shootings, including the recent San Bernardino, Calif., terror rampage in which 14 people were massacred.
Among the guests was former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head during a Tucson, Arizona parking lot shooting that left six dead.
Friday marks the fifth anniversary of that tragic day.
During the town hall meeting, Obama denied accusations — often voiced by paranoid NRA members, gun nuts and Republican lawmakers — that he wanted to take away people’s guns.
Obama said charges he’s taking away guns are a “conspiracy.”