Repugnant and cowardly! White House slams NRA video dragging Obama daughters into gun row
A video from the National Rifle Association mocking President Obama for having armed protection for his own daughters while seeking new gun curbs for the nation at large has caused outrage in America.
White House press secretary Jay Carney blasted the N.R.A., describing their action as repugnant.
“Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as pawns in a political fight,” he said. “But to go so far as to make the safety of the President’s children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly.
Obama called on Congress today to toughen America’s gun laws, confronting mass shootings and everyday gun violence. He wants to bring in legislation by next week, banning assault weapons, limiting high-capacity magazines, and expanding background checks for buying guns purchases.
The outrageous NRA video suggests that President Obama is an “elitist” and a “hypocrite” because his daughters have armed protection while he opposes armed guards at the nation’s schools.
Posted at a Web site called N.R.A. Stand and Fight, it starts by asking, “Are the president’s kids more important than yours?”
The video does not show Obama’s daughters, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11. But it suggests that Mr. Obama holds their safety to a different standard than he is willing to offer for other children in the country.
He promised to act without Congressional approval to enforce existing gun laws and improve the flow of information among federal agencies to keep guns from criminals and others who shouldn’t have them.
His announcement came just over a month after the massacre of 20 children at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.
The president is tackling head-on the National Rifle Association that has successfully fought new gun laws for decades.
Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive and vice president of the N.R.A., has called for armed guards in schools and an end to the “gun-free zones” common around many school buildings.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre say..
The president said the country’s leaders were compelled to act by the tragedies of gun deaths across the country.
“In the days ahead, I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make the new rules a reality,” he said. “If there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.”
A UKIP member from Britain backed the NRA in an online comment,"The second amendment (on the right to bear arms) was made so that people have guns to stop a tyrannical government from taking over, exactly what Obama is doing now.
"You clearly have been watching too much Piers Morgan. Thousands of military personnel have been coming forward saying that the people should be armed with AR-15 assault rifles and I think they have a greater expansion of gun knowledge then a talk show host and rich banker puppets like Obama."