The National Rifle Association drew heavy criticism Thursday from both the left and right for using the president’s children as what a White House official called “pawns in a political fight.” On the same day, the White House posted four YouTube videos of children reading letters to the president asking for gun control.
Referring to the fact that the president’s daughters attend a school with armed guards, the NRA ad asks, “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?”
New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie called the NRA ad “reprehensible” and “awful,” according to the Huffington Post, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said “a president’s children as pawns in a political fight” was both “repugnant and cowardly.”
That same day, the Obama administration posted videos of the four children sitting behind him when he announced he was signing 23 executive actions to deal with firearm violence.
“Can we stop using guns? I think if there are no guns on the street, no one could get hurt,” a girl named Hinna says in one ad. “Bullets don’t have eyes, it can hurt anyone. I’m really scared of guns and criminals around the world. I love my country and I want everyone to be happy and safe. No guns, no guns, no guns, no guns.”
In a post promoting the video, the White House tweeted:
“‘There are no words to explain how sad I am about the school shooting’ -Julia, 11, reads her letter to President Obama: youtu.be/HvPSfeicWXQ”
Trader and investor Peter Korman followed up with his own tweet:
“Cynical and shameful political opportunism. @whitehouse: Grant reads the letter he wrote to President Obama after Newtown: #nowisthetime”
Like the NRA ad, the White House videos drew criticism from both sides.
Huffington Post contributor Cyd Zeigler tweeted:
“I don’t understand why @whitehouse complains when someone talks about the President’s children when they also use kids to advance an agenda.”
Daily Caller contributor Jim Treacher’s tweet dripped with irony:
“What if some kids read aloud from their letters asking to make the @whitehouse a gun-free zone and keep @BarackObama and his children safe?”
“Is this shocking?” Townhall.com’s Leah Barkoukis asked. “Yes and no. Yes, of course, because the president is exploiting the murder of children to push a gun agenda and he’s using children to do it. But then again, this is the Obama administration, the same folks that brought us the ad that pretty much accused Mitt Romney of killing a man’s wife.”
All four videos can be viewed at Townhall.com, but we’ve included Hinna’s video below as a fait representation of them all.
Obama’s list of 23 executive orders for gun control
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