According to Lott, Obama made the statement the first time the two met.
“He said to me, ‘I don’t believe people should be able to own guns,’” he recalled.
Lott said he offered to meet with him over lunch to discuss the issue.
“But he just wrinkled his face and turned around and walked away. And that was the end of our first conversation on that,” he said.
Ingraham asked Lott to verify that Obama said “people,” and not just “criminals.”
Lott said Obama was “very clear” in his statement.
“He said, ‘I don’t believe people should be able to own guns,’” he reiterated.
Lott said that he had told the New York Times about the incident in 2008.
“But they never used it in their story on him with regard to his time in Chicago,” he added.