In an interview with the New Republic President Barack Obama stated “I go shooting all the time.”
“Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time,” he said. “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”.
“If you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were 10, 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,”
You can read the New Republic article in full here.