White House Blasts NRA Video, Social Media Reacts On All Sides

5:49 PM, Jan 16, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) - The White House is blasting a provocative new video from the NRA which makes reference to the Presidential daughters.

The ad calls President Obama an "elitist hypocrite" for allowing armed security for his family, but questioning it for the rest of the nation's children.

Andrea McCarren hit the streets, and the Web, to gauge public reaction.

Social media has people fired up on both sides of the gun control debate.

On this rainy Wednesday, armed Secret Service agents surround the Northwest Washington school attended by the Obama girls. That's nothing new: the Secret Service has been protecting presidential families since 1901.

But as provocative new NRA video calls the President an "elitist hypocrite" for his family's protection.

When we showed the ad to a random selection of people in downtown Washington, their responses covered all sides of the debate.

"I don't think it's fair to drag the Obama kids into the debate because he is the commander in chief. The man has to function," said one resident.

"Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools, when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school?"asked another.

"I just think that the NRA is trying to distract from the real issue, which is guns kill people," another added.

Another resident said, "I think they're pandering to their base."

But one said, "An ad like that isn't fair to President Obama or to anyone."

And this from another resident, who responded, "The last I checked the Second Amendment was the right to bear arms to reasonably protect your home, and you can do that with small arms, maybe a single-action shotgun, but not large magazine items that are used for maiming and killing large masses of people."

Another said, "The NRA wants to point fingers at other people and try to talk about everything else. We should have guards in schools instead of talking about the real issue, which is guns."

On the street, we found people appalled by the NRA video. Online, many on our Facebook page defended it.

Wrote Debra Hoffman: "I believe we are all created equal and should be treated as such... Why are his children more important than mine?"

Karen Wheatley posted: "To have your entire family guarded by armed guardsmen, and take away my 'Right' to protect my own. That is not only unfair, but ridiculous!!!"

White House spokesman Jay Carney said: "Most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as pawns in a political fight. But to go so far as to make the safety of the President's children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly."

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