'American Sniper' widow challenges President Obama on gun control: 'Very tough pill to swallow'

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'Sniper' Widow Defies Obama on Gun Ownership

Taya Kyle, the widow of slain U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who was the inspiration for the movie "American Sniper," spoke out in favor of gun rights during President Barack Obama's town hall meeting on gun control in Virginia on Thursday.

"Your message of hope is something I agree with," Kyle told the president. But she insisted that it's not the guns that are the problem but the people who own them.

"The laws that we create don't stop the horrific things from happening, right?" she told the president during the event, televised on CNN. "And that's a very tough pill to swallow."

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Kyle, whose husband was shot dead in 2013 by a former Marine at a Texas firing range, said she didn't think Obama's recent gun control measures requiring more background checks will curb gun crimes.

"We cannot outlaw murder," Kyle said, adding that criminals "don't have a moral code that we have."

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'American Sniper' widow challenges President Obama on gun control: 'Very tough pill to swallow'
STEPHENVILLE, TX - FEBRUARY 11: Taya Kyle (C), wife of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is escorted to a waiting vehicle as she leaves the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center February 11, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. Security is tight for the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, 27, of Lancaster, who is charged with the 2013 deaths of Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade / Getty Images)
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American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical action film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Dean Hall. It is based on Chris Kyle's autobiography American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History and stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller with Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardrict in supporting roles.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: An image is displayed on a big screen onstage of Best Actor nominee Bradley Cooper for his role in the film 'American Sniper' at the 87th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 15, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical action film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Dean Hall. It is based on Chris Kyle's autobiography American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History and stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller with Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardrict in supporting roles.
AMERICAN SNIPER 2014 Warner Bros film with Sienna Miller
American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical action film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Dean Hall. It is based on Chris Kyle's autobiography American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History and stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller with Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardrict in supporting roles.
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Prosecutors play the tape of the police interview with former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center on Feb. 16, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Prosecutors play the tape of the police interview with former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center on Feb. 16, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Prosecutors play the tape of the police interview with former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center on Feb. 16, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Texas Ranger David Armstrong holds up evidence seized at Eddie Ray Routh's house during the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center on Feb. 12, 2015 in Stephenville, Texas. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
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In an op-ed piece on CNN.com on Thursday, Kyle argued against more regulations on weapons, instead suggesting that existing laws should be better enforced.

Kyle echoed those thoughts during the town hall event, asking the president to "give people hope in a different way" by celebrating gun ownership, instead of restricting it.

"I'm wondering why it wouldn't be a better use of our time to give people hope in a different way... why not celebrate where we are?" she asked, adding, "We're good people and 99 percent of us are never going to kill anyone."

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President Obama thanked her for her service as well as her late husband's. He then reiterated that he has no intention of taking away the guns from law-abiding Americans, but that it should harder for somebody to "fill up a car with guns and sell them 13-year-old kids on the streets."

The town hall meeting included 100 guests, invited by CNN, including former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was injured in an assassination attempt in 2011, and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly.

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