In a statement to NBC News, NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said the group’s new ad calling President Obama a “hypocrite” for sending his daughters to a school with armed guards is not about the President’s children.
“Whoever thinks the ad is about President Obama’s daughters are missing the point completely or they’re trying to change the subject,” Arulanandam said in a statement Wednesday. “This ad is about keeping our children safe. And the President said he was skeptical about the NRA proposal to put policemen in all schools in this country. Yet he and his family are beneficiaries of multiple law enforcement officers surrounding them 24 hours a day.”
“That’s the real issue,” he continued. “Anything else is an attempted calculated distraction.”
Here’s the NRA’s ad:
Evan McMorris-Santoro contributed reporting.