The National Rifle Association is amping up the political rhetoric in advance of President Obama’s gun violence prevention announcement scheduled for Wednesday. On Tuesday, the NRA posted a video on its website accusing the president of being “an elitist hypocrite” because his daughters have armed guards at school. CNN reported Tuesday night that the video “is running on the Sportsman Channel, a cable network focused on outdoors programming such as hunting and fishing.”
The NRA has called on Congress to put armed police in every public school in the nation following the Newtown shooting, a move rejected by many teacher groups.
In December, Obama told Meet The Press he was “skeptical” that placing armed guards in schools was “the only answer” to preventing future shootings like the one at the elementary school in Newtown.
“I think the vast majority of the American people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem,” Obama told MTP. The NRA video seizes on the quote, using it to cast Obama as a hypocrite on guns.
“Are the president’s kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school?” the NRA ad’s narration reads. “Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but he’s just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security.”
See the ad, part of the NRA’s “Stand And Fight” post-Newtown campaign: