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NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam responded to the outrage over their despicable ad bemoaning President Obama's children receiving Secret Service protection while your children get nothing.
Whoever thinks the ad is about President Obama's daughters are missing the point completely or they're trying to change the subject. 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. Anything else is an attempted calculated distraction.
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? 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.
Right. That had absolutely nothing to do with the President's children, nor was it a personal attack on President Obama. We are just taking the ad out of context and using it as a distraction for our own ends.
These people are about as craven as they come. Good luck convincing anyone that criticism of this reprehensible message is a distraction.
Scarborough, who as a Congressman was a strong supporter of the NRA, responded to the ad, asking "what's wrong with these people?" He continued, pointing out that once Obama decided to run for president, his children "have targets on their backs." Scarborough also said that the NRA is now a "fringe organization with millions of mainstream members." He concluded by saying the ad was "frightening and over the line".
When the NRA loses someone as wingnutty as Joe Scarborough, you know they are backed into a corner. And now that we have them backed into a corner, it's time to push them back under that rock they crawled out from under.
Originally posted to Steven Payne on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 08:50 AM PST.