US gun group criticizes Obama’s actions

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President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, about steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence. Also on stage are stakeholders, and individuals whose lives have been impacted by the gun violence. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Rifle Association says President Barack Obama’s executive actions on gun control are “ripe for abuse” and lack seriousness.

The nation’s largest gun advocacy group is accusing Obama of political exploitation for announcing the steps in the last year of his presidency. Chris Cox, who runs the NRA’s lobbying arm, says the actions wouldn’t have prevented any of the mass shootings that Obama mentioned when he announced the steps at the White House.

Cox says Obama is trying to distract from his lack of a strategy to prevent terrorist attacks in the U.S. He says Americans don’t need any more “emotional, condescending lectures that are completely devoid of facts.”

The NRA isn’t detailing what steps, if any, it will take to oppose or try to thwart Obama’s plan. But Cox says the NRA won’t allow “law-abiding gun owners to become scapegoats for President Obama’s failed policies.”

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