NRA Criticizes Obama in Live-Tweet of CNN's Town Hall

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President Obama and Anderson Cooper at CNN's town hall

An NRA spokesperson told CNN that the organization, which wasn't in attendance on Thursday night, "saw no reason to participate in a public relations spectacle orchestrated by the White House."

The National Rifle Association may have opted to sit out on CNN's televised town hall with President Obama on Thursday night, but that didn't stop the organization from tuning in.

The NRA posted several tweets criticizing the president's stance on gun control during Guns in America, stating that his "rhetoric does not match his record" and claiming "none of the president's orders would have stopped any of the recent mass shootings."

"If the goal is to save lives, then prosecute criminals, Mr. President!" another tweet read. View more tweets below.

Speaking at the town hall, Obama took aim at the NRA for failing to attend the discussion, saying, "Part of the reason I welcomed this opportunity by CNN to have a good discussion debate about it is because our position is consistently mischaracterized. ... There's a reason why the NRA is not here. They're just down the street. And, since this is the main reason they exist, you'd think they'd be prepared to have a debate with ... the president."

He continued, "I'm happy to meet with them. I'm happy to talk to them, but, the conversation has to be based on facts and truth, and what we're actually proposing, not some — you know, imaginary fiction in which Obama's trying to take away your guns."

A spokesperson from the organization told CNN that the NRA saw "no reason to participate in a public relations spectacle orchestrated by the White House."

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