Fairfax – President Barack Obama tore into the nation’s largest gun lobby on Thursday as he sought support for his actions on gun control, accusing the powerful lobby group of peddling an “imaginary fiction” that he said has distorted the national debate about gun violence.

In a prime-time, televised forum, Obama dismissed what he called a “conspiracy” alleging that the federal government – and Obama in particular – wants to seize all firearms as a precursor to imposing martial law.

He blamed that notion on the National Rifle Association and like-minded groups that convince its members that “somebody’s going to come grab your guns.””Yes, that is a conspiracy,” Obama said. “I’m only going to be here for another year.

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