Not-So Gun Shy

Last week the White House released a photo of President Obama skeet shooting at Camp David back in August 2012. The photo hasn’t received much press beyond various gun enthusiasts coming out to criticize the president’s shooting stance. One expert called Obama “a novice.”

Are we supposed to think our president more masculine—more American—because he skeet shoots? Leaders aren’t required to follow the majority, especially when the majority is wrong, and yet here’s the leader of the free world pandering to gun nuts. Isn’t it manlier and more American to stand up against mass stupidity?

Besides, are gun rights advocates who see the photo magically going to think: “Oh, he skeet shoots, so he’s to be trusted—he’s not against our way of life—let’s go ahead and support gun control legislation”? No chance.

People on both sides of the gun control debate should find the photo odd; if anything, it’s disingenuous, feels forced, and induces cries of “political stunt.”

It’s a crime that we maintain such a strong, logic-resistant culture of guns in America. In trying to reduce gun-related violence in America, President Obama inadvertently contributed to the madness expressed by gun nuts.

2 thoughts on “Not-So Gun Shy

  1. Tom Trebswether February 11, 2013 / 10:04 am

    Simply put that picture was a political ploy to persuade people that the President is not anti gun ownership. I would like politicians on both sides of the aisle to act on their beliefs and convictions not with their eye on gaining political advantage. These people were elected to serve us and not just get reelected. Shame on all of them.


  2. writingisknowing February 14, 2013 / 12:12 am

    I agree. Politicians are always looking to get re-elected. It’s odd in this case, though, considering President Obama will be unable to run again.


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