Watch ‘American Sniper’ Widow Question Obama at CNN Town Hall

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Taya Kyle, widow of Chris Kyle, Navy SEAL and inspiration for the film American Sniper, asked the first question at CNN's gun-control town hall Thursday night, and that question was: "Why now?"

"Your message of hope is something I agree with," she told President Barack Obama, but “the laws that we create don’t stop the horrific things from happening, right? And that’s a very tough pill to swallow.”

Kyle added that she doesn't believe that Obama's recent gun-control measures to enforce more background checks will stop gun violence because criminals don't follow the law.

"We cannot outlaw murder," said Kyle, explaining that criminals “don’t have a moral code that we have.”

Kyle told Obama that she wants the freedom of carrying any weapon she feels she needs to keep herself safe. She suggested that Obama should try to "give people hope in a different way" by celebrating Americans' freedom to own guns to protect themselves, not by taking them away, asking him, “Why not celebrate where we are?”

Obama responded to Kyle, guaranteeing that "you will be able to purchase a firearm."

He stressed that law-abiding gun owners like Kyle would still be able to legally buy guns, but that there is a way to “set up a system” where people “can have a firearm to protect yourself” but where it is much harder for somebody to "fill up a car with guns and sell them to 13-year-old kids on the streets."

Watch the video of Kyle's question below.