The White House released a photo of President Barack Obama firing a weapon on Friday, two days before he heads to Minnesota to discuss measures on the control of firearms.
In a recent interview with the magazine The New Republic, Obama answered "yes" when asked if he had fired a gun. He said:
"Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time."
"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."
The Obama gun photo is dated August 4, 2012, and it shows Obama shooting at Camp David.
The photograph, according to the White House itself, is published for use by news organizations and should not be used for "commercial, political materials, advertisements, emails, products or promotions" that imply an endorsement of the president, his family or the White House.
The photo was released after critics challenged the president for photographic evidence after he said he regularly goes skeet shooting.
Obama is pushing a package of measures to control weapons in response to the slaughter in Newtown, Conn., and the Obama gun photo shows that the president doesn't mind exercising his second amendment rights.