A video released by the National Rifle Association on Tuesday sharply criticizes President Obama for his skepticism about placing armed guards in schools, calling the president an “elitist hypocrite” for allowing the Secret Service to protect his daughters.
“Are the president’s kids more important than yours?” the ad asks. “Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school?”
The ad continues: “Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but he is just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security.”
“I am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools, and I think the vast majority of the American people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem,” Obama said. “And, look, here’s the bottom line. We’re not going to get this done unless the American people decide it’s important.”
President Obama is set to announce his proposals for curbing gun violence onWednesday. According to a Washington Post report, White House officials have considered funding for more police officers in public schools as part of those recommendations.
While placing armed guards in school remains controversial, some polling has showed support for the idea in the weeks since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month. A Quinnipiac University poll released last week found two-thirds of Virginia voters in favor of increased police presence at schools, while 41 percent of respondents in a Washington Post-ABC poll released Tuesday said that having armed guards in schools would do more to curb violence on campuses than stricter gun measures would.
Watch the NRA video above.
UPDATE: The NRA responded to criticism of the ad Wednesday morning. “”Whoever thinks the ad is about President Obama’s daughters are missing the point completely or they’re trying to change the subject,” said a spokesman.