Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus Tuesday ripped President Barack Obama and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for calling for tighter gun restrictions in light of the Orlando terror attack.
"The horrific attack in Orlando was the second act of radical Islamic terrorism inspired by ISIS to be carried out on our shores in six months," Priebus said. "Let's not forget: President Obama's hasty and politically-driven withdrawal from Iraq, which Hillary Clinton supported, created the vacuum that enabled the rise of this terrorist group.
"Their failure to secure Libya after their military intervention gave ISIS a beachhead on another continent. Democrats want to talk about anything else because they have lost the national security debate."
In a speech at the White House,
Obama said that officials must "stop making it as easy as possible for terrorists to buy assault weapons.
"Reinstate this weapons ban and make it harder for terrorists to use these weapons to kill us," Obama said.
Both President Obama and Clinton slammed presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's renewed call for banning Muslims into the United States on Monday in light of the Orlando attacks.
Gunman Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Fla., killed 49 people in an attack Sunday morning at the Pulse gay nightclub.
Mateen, whose parents were born in Afghanistan, was shot dead by police. At least 53 others were wounded. He has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
"Nothing President Obama and Hillary Clinton are proposing in response to the Orlando terror attack would have prevented it, but they would infringe on Americans' constitutional rights to due process and to own a gun," Priebus said. "We should not make it harder for law-abiding Americans to defend themselves when radical Islamic terrorists are successfully launching attacks on U.S. soil.
"The terrorists win when they convince politicians they should take away our rights, and that is exactly what President Obama and Hillary Clinton are proposing."
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