The day before President Barack Obama unveiled proposals for gun-control to ensure the safety of U.S. children, the NRA released on its website a video calling the president an elitist hypocrite. At just about 30 seconds long, the video looks remarkably like an ad.
The ad is a reference to an NRA proposal to put armed guards in schools in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut. NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told The Washington Post, "The president and his family enjoy 24-hour-security from law enforcement at taxpayer expense, and this ad asks very real questions: If it's good enough for the president, why shouldn't it be good enough for the rest for us?"
Also shown in the ad as examples of elitists are Vice President Joe Biden, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and NBC's David Gregory.
In a statement released today, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, "Most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as pawns in a political fight. 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."
To which the NRA spokesman replied, "It's not aimed at anyone's child in particular. Anyone who claims otherwise is intentionally trying to change the topic or missing the point completely."