February 03, 2013
White House Releases Photo Of Obama Skeet Shooting
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White House officials have released a photograph of President Barack Obama skeet shooting.
The White House released the picture Saturday to apparently support the president's comment that he skeet shoots "all the time" at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.
President Obama recently revealed his experience with guns in the February 11 edition of The New Republic magazine.
Before the photo was released, Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn said, "If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos?"
The National Rifle Association has made light of the photograph. NRA spokesman Andre Arulananda said "one picture does not erase a lifetime of supporting every gun ban and every gun-control scheme imaginable."
Mr. Obama has introduced a series of legislative proposals and executive orders intended to reduce gun violence in the United States, but he has said he strongly supports the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which gives citizens the right to own guns.
The release of the photograph of the president shooting a shotgun comes just days before the U.S. leader makes his first trip outside of Washington to push his plan to curb gun violence, as he presses Congress to enact sweeping gun restrictions.
President Obama's focus on gun control measures follows the December massacre in Newtown, Connecticut where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in an elementary school.