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White House Defends Obama's Gun Control Comments After Dallas

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By    |   Friday, 08 Jul 2016 04:54 PM

White House press secretary Josh Earnest came to President Barack Obama's defense Friday after critics said he politicized the Dallas police attack.

"I think the president was quite direct in his comments today indicating that our thoughts first and foremost are with the families of those who lost loved ones, and there is never a justification for carrying out acts of violence against law enforcement officers," Earnest said from Warsaw, Poland, where Obama was attending a NATO summit.

According to Politico, Earnest added that Obama's position on guns is that some weapons don't have a place in the hands of civilians.

"The president's views about the impact that easy availability of guns has on our community is a significant source of concern for him. And too many innocent lives have been claimed because of the easy access people have to guns, in some cases, guns that were never intended to be on city streets," Earnest said.

"So the president's policy position is clear. The president was just as clear that our foremost concern right now is consoling and supporting the families of those police officers who were killed and the broad community in Dallas that is feeling quite acutely the tragedy from last night."

A lone gunman reportedly targeted police during a peaceful demonstration in Dallas Thursday night, killing five officers and wounding seven others. Two civilians were also shot and hospitalized.

Obama condemned the attack but also pushed his gun control message in comments he made Friday morning.

"We also know that when people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic, and in the days ahead we're going to have to consider those realities as well," Obama said.

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