The NRA has placed Sasha and Malia Obama -- children -- squarely in its gunsights.
A new video, released on Tuesday, Jan. 15, one day before the President made his speech regarding possible gun control measures that will either be enacted by executive order or be presented as legislation, the NRA released a video that asked the question: Are the president's kids more important than yours?
Here's what the NRA says in the video:
Are the president's kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school? Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but he's just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security. Protection for their kids, and gun-free zones for ours.
Speaking on "Morning Joe" on Wednesday, conservative Joe Scarborough raked the NRA over the coals:
What’s wrong with these people, Mika? You have children who had no say in the decision in whether their father, who is going to step forward to be president of the United States, to run for president -- one of the most bone-crushing, sacrificing things any husband or wife can do to their family. And the second they make that decision, their children and their entire family have targets on their backs.
And the NRA is putting something out? What’s wrong with these people? Putting out apps that four year olds can play [notably, it seems the age range has been raised] on the anniversary of the Newtown murders and now putting out an ad talking about the president’s daughters. [...]
This is how they mark the anniversary of Newtown. I’ve never seen an organization as out of touch and extreme with middle America as this one ... The NRA’s worst enemy could not be doing the damage to this once-respected, mainstream organization as [NRA CEO] Wayne LaPierre is every single day.
The president and his family have had Secret Service protection for some time. It is not simply to protect them from assassination, but also kidnapping. Such protection is not isolated to the President and his family, either.
Notably, any of the individuals who can receive Secret Service protection may decline it, with the exception of the President, the Vice President (or other officer next in the order of succession to the Office of President), the President-elect, and the Vice President-elect. This includes their famililes.
Interestingly, no one ever complained about the Bush twins having protection, although the twins themselves complained. They were constantly attempting to ditch their agents, with somewhat humorous results.