Speak Out: Does This NRA Ad Go Too Far?

National Rifle Association injects President's children into gun debate. Does that go too far?

The National Rifle Association is stoking ire from both the left and right today after it released an ad that injects President Obama's children into the guns-in-schools debate.

"Are the President's kids more important than yours," the ad asks. "Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed security at their school?"

The 30-second commercial appears on the NRA's website and is apparently running on the Sportsman Channel.

"They are out of step, out of the mainstream, totally out of sync with what’s going on in our society, and quite frankly after seeing that, I think some of the people who run that thing are sick," said Mika Brzezinksi, co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe. "I really do. I think they are sick in the head."

Patriot January 18, 2013 at 12:52 AM
@Tom-Yes Mr Lashley they meant firearms similar to our armed forces. So you could not be so wrong. Again the second Amendment is for protection against all enemies foriegn or domestic and personal protection. A well regulate militia. Again it is a semi auto weapon with some fancy furniture nothing more. Not a weapon for the theatre of war.
Lyle Ruble January 18, 2013 at 01:02 AM
@Bob McBride...We seem to be on the same page on the primary solution and as it turns out it is a community solution.
Lyle Ruble January 18, 2013 at 01:08 AM
@Brian Dey....He's your president also as Walker is my governor. What high crime or misdemeanor has he committed? What do you remember about Nixon anyway, what were you; 8 or 9 when he resigned?
Bren January 18, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Yes Roger, this is a little over the top. Only those with the largest incomes (if an oil company is a person) and the smallest pay no taxes. The rest of us foot the bill. That's the American way!
Greg January 18, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Then Jesus asked them, "When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?" "Nothing," they answered. He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: `And he was numbered with the transgressors' ; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment." The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords." "That is enough," he replied. (Luke 22:35-38, NIV)
Greg January 18, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Thanks Dirky, We are going to declare our gun club a place of worship, mass is going to be a blast as we genuflect with our prayer sticks.
Tosa720 January 18, 2013 at 02:38 AM
The president does not request this protection for his children - it goes with the office and is implemented during both republican and democratic presidencies. the NRA is a disgusting example of corruption, greed, and the loss of all moral value. What started as an organization that would teach gun safety and some kind of camaraderie with events for responsible gun owners has ended up being a lobby for gun manufacturers that have become greedy. Without constantly getting people fired up emotionally, gun sales could decline - therefore, they must keep inciting people and getting them to believe that someone is going to take away their guns. No one NEEDS an assault rifle or magazines designed for mass killings. You can be a responsible, common sense gun owner while - at the same time - standing up for what is right - less risk of danger for our children and all people. If you want to drive, you need to be of age, have a license, undergo a test to determine if you can drive safely, and you have to register your vehicle and pay insurance to cover any accidents that might occur. There are RULES. The same should apply for something as dangerous as guns. This is nothing more than common sense.
Thomas Jefferson January 18, 2013 at 05:23 AM
Lyle: banning semi-auto rifles and mags over ten rounds is not "reasonable" nor constitutional. The Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own guns that are "in common use" and "of the type suitable for militia use". The semi-auto rifles (such as AR15s) and their standard 30-round mags fit both of those descriptions (the AR is the most common rifle in the country). So as usual, you are wrong, and any new federal AWB is going to be shot down in court. Not only that, but when they rule it unconstitutional, y'all are going to lose the state laws that have banned them as well. So this anti-gun push is really going to backfire on you and your lefty buddies!
Steve ® January 18, 2013 at 06:13 AM
Amen. Proves the crazy left again to be just crazy, and tyrannical. First unions now weapons what will the likes of Lyle and Bren and Brian and Dirk and Randy and misty (this may be a computer bot) like to take over tomorrow?
Steve ® January 18, 2013 at 06:14 AM
Obama needs dead kids to advance his agenda.
Steve ® January 18, 2013 at 06:18 AM
If the gov can have full auto so should the public. We need to stay lock step with this dictator before the likes of Lyle are named King. Good thing there is what we call bump fire. Keep that in mind. K bye.
Steve ® January 18, 2013 at 06:19 AM
No there is actually a lot unknown and a lot ignored my your celebrity media.
Steve ® January 18, 2013 at 06:20 AM
I call dibs on them
Steve ® January 18, 2013 at 06:23 AM
Dirk. I said the Bushmaster is a POS. The AR15 is vague description of style and look. When you know nothing it is better not to respond and skip to the next comment you think you are better suited to input useless text to.
Steve ® January 18, 2013 at 06:25 AM
Dirk. Please define assault weapons.
CowDung January 18, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Dirk: George Washington and his buddies were probably considered to be terrorists as well. They stood up for their beliefs and made the fateful decision to fight for independence, even though the odds were against him. England was considered a superpower back in those days. While I am not Washington, I do recognize that there may come a time that a forced change of government is necessary in the US. While you may ridicule the idea, history has shown that no fighting force is invincible.
KKM January 18, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Yes, would you have pulled the guards off all the other Presidents children? And to use the Presidents children in an ad to further their agenda..reprehensible. The NRA has come up with nothing that would help curtail gun violence fighting every step of the way. Their protests and snarky retorts have showcased they have feet of clay. The American public is getting fed up with them not wanting to be part of the solution. No club should have so much power and do so little to help keep our children safe. The upside, this playing out in the theater of opinion and their getting shot in the foot.
Lyle Ruble January 18, 2013 at 03:35 PM
@Steve....Really tacky and stupid.
Bob McBride January 18, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Yeah Steve. Tacky. Actually he needs living kids... http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/01/17/watch-four-kids-who-want-president-obama-do-something-about-gun-violence
c January 18, 2013 at 03:52 PM
@Dirk It's not concealed carry permit holders you need to worry about, dimwit, its the thug who has a gun illegally. Jesus what a dumbarse.
CowDung January 18, 2013 at 03:53 PM
KKM: Obama has come up with nothing that would help curtail gun violence either. The NRA at least promotes responsible gun ownership and gun safety education. We need to come up with a logical approach to addressing violence in general. The emotion based calls for more gun regulations is just acting to distract from coming up with a real solution to the problem of violence in our society.
Steve ® January 18, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Looks like he needs about 30 dead ones and then the rest living. But certainly he is using dead kids to advance his left wing gun propaganda agenda. And if more die tomorrow, he will use their deaths to keep pounding his "gun control"
Steve ® January 18, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Nice. Wish we had a FF like this around here.
Lex Parsimoniae January 18, 2013 at 04:59 PM
There is a HUGE difference in directly attacking the offspring of an individual (whether it be their character, the way they look, etc), as opposed to using their treatment as an example of their parents outright hypocrisy. This ad is simply pointing out to the uninformed masses that the "Elites", the most staunch proponents of gun bans, are the first ones to put their children under protection by ARMED security. Whether Obama's children are at this school, or not, there are at least 11 armed security personnel present (then add the SS agents to the mix). This school is not specifically for the children of politicians, it is for the children of the rich, elitist class in the DC area. This push for gun bans and advanced regulation will do nothing to quell the problem of gun violence, it is simply more feelgood legislation for (as Charles Krauthammer coined), "the appearance of motion". There are thousands of laws on the books which make these recent tragedies illegal, MURDER being #1, but those didn't even make the deviants bat an eyelash. Additional regulation has failed miserably in the past, but history doesn't seem to be this country's strong suit.
Jay Warner January 19, 2013 at 06:17 AM
"Does This NRA Ad Go Too Far?" Yup. Way, way too far.
Jay Warner January 19, 2013 at 06:27 AM
Don't forget, folks. If one "law abiding, responsible gun owner" goes over the edge and starts shooting people - anyone - the game will be over. There will be ample reason to install strong psychological testing for gun ownership. Whether or not such testing does any good whatever. There will be ample reason to clamp down in lots of ways. So if you have an itch to show people how intense you are on this subject, go right ahead - but not with a weapon of any kind. If you do, what will be the outcome of your actions?
Brian Dey January 20, 2013 at 04:07 AM
Lyle- Lyle- Nixon was the first of 5 presidents that I got to shake hands with at the age of 9 at the Rivergate Hotel, New Orleans August of 1973. So yes, I was 9. But as you may have notice, I read and love history. If shook his hand as a child, you can bet I read the history of the man. And no, this man is not my President. I have no respect for a man who tramples on the Constitution. None, zip, nada. You can't say the same about Walker.
Brian Dey January 20, 2013 at 04:10 AM
Not far enough.
Lyle Ruble January 20, 2013 at 04:16 AM
@Brain Dey....For someone who claims to love history, you sure get a lot of it wrong. With your feelings about Obama, what can I say except: "Change the things you cannot accept, accept the things you cannot change, and may you have the wisdom to know the difference".
morninmist January 21, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Our values in this case are upside down. Spud Lovr @SpudLovr In Wisconsin, military recruiters and gun shows allowed in high schools but #WisGOP outlawed voter registration drives. #wiunion #p2


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