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Sen. Lankford reacts to POTUS address

Posted at 9:56 AM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 10:56:15-05

WASHINGTON - In a rare Oval Office address, President Barack Obama vowed Sunday night the U.S. will overcome a new phase of the terror threat that seeks to "poison the minds" of people here and around the world, as he sought to reassure Americans shaken by recent attacks in Paris and California.

Senator James Lankford spoke with 2 Works for You by phone Monday morning to discuss his thoughts about the president's remarks.

Lankford discussed why he opposed a measure that would prohibit people in the “No Fly List” from buying guns.

He said, “No individual and no executive branch can actually remove a constitutional right. There is a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, just like there is for freedom of speech, freedom of the press and assembly.”

Lankford said he supports the plan of removing guns from terrorists, but does not believe the attorney general should have the sole power to do that.

He said, “We need to get guns away from terrorists, but the way that’s done is through a court system, and not through the attorney general’s declaration.” 

For more on the Senator Lankford's interview, watch the senator's full remarks in the video player above.

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