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NRA unimpressed with Obama skeet shooting photo
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The National Rifle Association on Saturday said that its estimation of President Barack Obama hasn't improved after the White House's release of a photo showing him skeet shooting.

 

"One picture does not erase a lifetime of supporting every gun ban and every gun-control scheme imaginable," said Andrew Arulanandam, a spokesman for the NRA.

 

The photo was a response to skeptics who questioned Obama's claim that he goes skeet shooting “all the time”.

 

In the photo, which was taken last August at Camp David, Md., the president is shown shooting clay targets. TPM

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Though this photo was snapped last summer, the image is seeing plenty of circulation this week as the gun control debate continues to heat up on both sides, and as we continue to hear of new shootings almost daily. Even as NRA head Wayne LaPierre testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, news of a shooting at an office building in Phoenix broke into CNN coverage of the hearing. Two people, including a respected lawyer who was a married father of two, have since died of their injuries as a result of that incident, and the suspected gunman is thought to have killed himself shortly after the shooting. Examiner

 

The NRA has also opposed Obama's call for Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines and said requiring background checks for all gun purchases would be ineffective because the administration is not doing enough to enforce existing gun laws. ANI

 

A top official with the National Skeet Shooting Association said the photo suggested that Obama is a novice shooter. ANI

 

Michael Hampton, executive director of the San Antonio-based association, said that shooting was something that Obama did very often because of the way he's standing and how he has the gun mounted in the photo, the report said. ANI

 

Obamas gun control measures also have met resistance on Capitol Hill.

 

In Minneapolis on Monday, Obama plans to make remarks and discuss his proposals with local and law enforcement officials during a stop at the police department's special operations center. He's also expected to hear from community members about their experiences with gun violence.

 

Obama announced his proposals in mid-January, about a month after the Dec. 14 shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Huffington Post

 

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