White House: Second Amendment Rights Concerns Only About ’Politics’ And ‘Profit’

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. )
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The Obama administration continues to dismiss concerns from gun owners that President Obama is threatening their Second Amendment rights by enacting executive actions on gun control.

When asked about supporters of the Second Amendment who disagre with Obama, White House Press Secretary argued during today’s press briefing that gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association were merely trying boost gun sales profits for gun companies.

“We know that there’s a profit motive on the part of the industry to try to convince their customers that the government wants to take away their guns or will somehow limit their ability to buy guns,” Earnest said.

He admitted that every time Obama talked about gun control, gun sales went up to record levels.

“This has a whole lot more to do with a profit motive than it does anybody’s Constitutional rights,” he said.

Earnest also criticized Republican presidential candidates who were campaigning on the idea that Obama was threatening their Second Amendment rights.

During the briefing, he was asked by reporters about Ted Cruz’s recent website post that featured an ominous image of Obama warning voters that he was trying to take away their guns.

“I think he’s appealing to people’s anxieties and insecurities and even outright fears in an attempt to win votes for his presidential campaign,” Earnest said. “And that’s unfortunate, in some cases it veers into the territory of being irresponsible … he’s not the only one, but he certainly is one of them.”