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January 16, 2013

NRA’s Bizarre Obama Attack: It’s All About the Children

NRA Obama Kids 2When someone asked me to explain the NRA’s vituperative web attack this morning on Obama’s children for  having armed security, I had two answers. First, seething anger. Second: if you perceive someone blaming you for complicity in the massacre of children, it makes sense (in its own primitive kind of logic) to redirect that hostility toward the social guardianship of your antagonist and the children under his wing.

NRA Obama Kids Ad

Of course, the unstated agreement to leave the President’s children out of politics aside,
hurling lunch buckets at Obama after Sandy Hook is completely bizarre. But that’s why they call it “blind” rage.

(screen shot via YouTube video: Protection For Obama’s Kids, Gun-Free Zones For Ours? – NRA)

  • black_dog_barking

    Are the President’s kids more important than yours?

    Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools?

    – NRA ad

    A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy, Neil Gardner, was assigned to the high school as a full-time uniformed and armed school resource officer. Gardner usually ate lunch with students in the cafeteria, but on April 20 he was eating lunch in his patrol car at the northwest corner of the campus, watching students in the Smokers’ Pit in Clement Park.

    – wikipedia article Columbine High School massacre

    12 students and 1 teacher were killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. 21 students and 3 adults were wounded.

  • Minor Heretic

    The false equivalency is beyond words. The children of the most powerful man on the planet, a man who probably gets death threats every day, a man you would not want blackmailed or otherwise intimidated, get special protection. The children of the man whose decisions change the lives of billions of people worldwide get special protection. If you or I get blackmailed, the world does not fall on its ear. This should be obvious to someone with the intellect of an intestinal parasite.

    Apparently the NRA believes that it’s supporters are either dumb enough or enraged enough to buy this. And it may be right. The rest of the population, not so much.

  • glennisw

    They have no decency.

  • Thomas

    It’s about the President’s children, but is as much about the (sarcastic air quotes) President’s (end sarcastic air quotes) children. It’s tapping that rich motherlode of conservative doctrine, that Obama isn’t really the President, isn’t legitimate, isn’t what he says he is, isn’t a true American, isn’t entitled to the power and privileges of the office. His kids, apparently, are enjoying welfare security while real Americans are sacrificing and vulnerable. One could truly spend a month, at the very least, taking this thing apart piece by piece. It’s a masterpiece of frustration and terror. It will be very interesting to see now how the Republican establishment maneuvers on this extremely important issue of gun control now that Obama has provoked the lunatic Tea Party and the lunatic NRA into overthrowing and seizing the very heart of their party.

  • davemclane

    Contrary to most negative comments on what NRA had to say, I don’t think they were “targeting” the President’s children. I take it that the message was, “If the President’s and other high ranking people have armed guards for their children, why aren’t there armed guards for ordinary people’s children.”

    As black_dog_barking said, “Are the President’s kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools?”

  • Colin Nicholls

    They may not be more important, but sure as heck they are more at risk. My kids are not likely to be kidnapped with the intent of putting pressure on the head of government. It’s just a stupid question to ask.

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