Recently, the White House released a photo of our own president firing a shotgun at Camp David—a controversial one thanks to recent tragedies and the president’s stance on gun control. However, I think the president exercising his own rights, as an American is no different than any other person firing a gun on his own accord.
On both ends of the political spectrum, Americans can’t come to terms with the fact that the president is either more liberal than once thought, or more conservative than once thought, because he is a gun-rights advocate with reasonable limitations on them.
Unfortunately, many liberals and conservatives can’t agree with this; and it is shameful they let their preconceptions decide what they will think of this instead of their own thoughts on a matter like this.
I believe the image of Obama shooting a gun paints a different picture of the president. This term being his last, Obama can now be most sincere and open with his personal life; and this photo shows us that he is no longer concerned with getting votes, but doing what he thinks is right for the country in both showing his support for guns, and agreeing to make changes on gun laws.
Perhaps the stigma of gun owners as wacky, fringe-society people will indeed change for the better, while also showing that guns themselves don’t contribute to the problem, but the people using them.
With Obama’s decision to place a ban on high-caliber assault rifles and possibly requiring a background check to purchase a gun, isn’t that unreasonable of a proposition. However, many conservatives are skeptical of the president’s perceived gun-friendliness, even though he admitted to being a defender of 2nd Amendment rights and claimed guns reflect on America’s history — which they do.
Liberals too, are at fault. Some went far enough to look for evidence of a photo-shopped image, and couldn’t believe their infallible president would be outdoors shooting guns at clay targets. This goes to show that often people put too much stock into one individual, and illustrates the passion and high expectations Americans put on elevated figures like President Obama.
Issues like this one really get under my skin, because what people fail to realize is that from our beginning, almost every president has been a gun advocate. Even if they weren’t photographed firing guns at Camp David, I would be willing to bet at one point during their presidency, they did.
Critics of this photo like the NRA assure us with propaganda that Obama poses as a gun advocate, who in reality is coming — this time, armed — for your guns, all the while encouraging dissent and distrust of the government. And we worry that our president is an occasional skeet shooter?