EDITORIAL: Is Photoshop the best proof that the President goes ‘shooting all the time’?

So the President goes skeet shooting all the time, huh? That’s the story according to an interview between President Obama and New Republic writers Franklin Foer and Chris Hughes.

Responding to Foer’s question “Have you ever fired a gun?” the President replied, “Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.”

“The whole family?” asked Foer.

“Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. And I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations. And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake.

“Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas. And if you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were ten, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family’s traditions, you can see why you’d be pretty protective of that.”

Of course, the questions everyone’s been asking, is if the President’s such a gun nut, how come this is the first we’ve heard of it? Really, you’d think this would have entered the debate a long time ago. Maybe not back in 2008 (even though it arguably wouldn’t have cost him any votes, if anything, it may have added to his victory) but certainly at the start of this most recent call for increased gun control.

Still, even with this admission or whatever it was of shooting skeet, this certainly doesn’t do much of anything to put the President in a good light with many—if not most—gun owners. Saying you support Second Amendment rights because you shoot skeet is like saying you support First Amendment rights because of your Monet collection.

It just doesn’t get a lot of traction with people who equate gun ownership with self-defense, an armed population or even self-reliance. When 65 percent of the country still holds that the right to bear arms is there as a protection against tyranny, adding a bit in there about familial hunting traditions isn’t going to get you much further.

If this was the President’s attempt to reach out to gun owners, it failed hard. In fact, there are plenty of people who outright don’t believe him.

People like Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. “If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos? Why hasn’t he referenced this at any point in time?” Blackburn said. 

“I tell you what I do think. I think he should invite me to Camp David, and I’ll go skeet shooting with him…”

If he does invite Blackburn to Camp David, I can only hope that after that, he invites some shooters from 3 Gun Nation over for some multigun. Now that would be some shooting that would appeal to gun owners.

But photos would be a nice start.

New Republic tried to help out on that front by tweeting a photoshopped image of the President shooting skeet.

They quickly pulled it. Truth be told Guns.com doesn’t really understand why New Republic would resort to using a bunk picture when there’s hundreds of pictures of Obama shooting guns already sliding around the Cybershere.  Maybe these will help court more gun owners to his side…

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