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Obama a skeet shooter

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WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama is a skeet shooter, he discloses in an interview The New Republic, commenting as he is pressing Congress to pass a variety of measures to curb gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre and other shootings.

Asked if he ever fired a gun, Obama said "Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," but not with his daughters.

"Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. And 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.

"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 ten, 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."

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