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January 16, 2013

New NRA Ad Asks: Obama’s Kids Gets Armed Guards. Why Not Yours?

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Written by: Kelly Virella


ith legislatures across America back in session after the holidays, the gun debate that gripped the nation after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre has heated up again in places like New York State, Colorado, and in the White House, where President Barack Obama plans to announce a new push for gun control today. Not to be outdone, the NRA has been busy too. This time, they are working on a PR campaign that puts the president’s children in the political debate, featuring them in an advertisement they hope will tip the scales.

“Are the president’s kids more important than yours?” a sinister male voice asks. “Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools?” Because you know, every American needs the same security that the President and his family get — and taxpayers should provide it. Why stop with armed guards in our schools? Let’s give everyone’s spouse a secret service detail too. And while we’re at it, who’s going to be the secret service for the secret service?

The commercial is running on the Sportsman Channel and the NRA may buy airtime on other networks, according to CNN. In addition to this line of argument, the NRA is expected to return to its contention that banning certain guns will cost America jobs. Because if a man can’t spend his lifetime helping a nation that already has 300 million guns get 300 million more, how’s he gonna keep himself busy?

Meanwhile, in New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill making us the first state to tighten gun laws in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. According to The New York Times:

The expanded ban on assault weapons broadens the definition of what is considered an assault weapon and reduces the permissible size of gun magazines to 7 rounds, from 10. It also includes provisions to better keep firearms away from mentally ill people and to impose stiffer penalties on people who use guns in the commission of crimes.


About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


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