The @NRA takes a ridiculous, desperate shot at Obama

The lobby’s new attack ad calls the president a hypocrite for having a security detail protect the first family


The NRA takes a shot at Obama

This is what desperation looks like. And it’s ridiculous.

It wasn’t that long ago that the NRA seemed too big to fail. Too powerful to take on. So mighty a force that the words “gun control” could not even be uttered in the course of the presidential campaign, lest they set off an avalanche of screaming over the Second Amendment. Then came Sandy Hook.

In the brief few weeks since the massacre in Connecticut, we’ve experienced a massive cultural shift. We’ve had our most serious – and direct – national conversation about guns in decades. New York has already signed into law tougher gun control measures – a move the NRA has predictably already deemed “draconian.” And in a week in which it’s already embarrassed itself by releasing an ill-timed ”Practice Range” app for kids aged 4 and up, on Tuesday the NRA upped the ante with its dumbest, most nonsensical move in, oh, hours.

In a new ad designed to expose the obvious double standards of – dun dun dun! – Barack Obama, the NRA asks, “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?” Um, because they’re the daughters of the president of the United States? The ad goes on to call him “just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security.” Yeah, in the words of Rick Santorum, what a snob. We look forward to the NRA’s next line of searing inquiry: Why does Obama get to have an office that’s oval shaped while the rest of us have to settle for rectangular? Why do members of the Supreme Court get to wear cool black robes and we regular Joes are forced to wear pants? The people demand answers!


Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of “Gimme Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream.” Follow her on Twitter: @embeedub.


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