January 16th, 2013
04:02 PM ET
10 years ago

House Dems call NRA ad 'completely inappropriate... dangerous'

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic leaders in Congress are accusing the National Rifle Association of crossing a line with the group's new ad aimed at President Obama's gun control proposals.

The spot calls attention to the Secret Service protection guarding the President's daughters at their private school in Washington, D.C. The ad goes on to echo the group's proposal for armed police officers at schools nationwide.

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"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 schools," the NRA spot asks.

Heading into a House hearing on new gun restrictions, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi accused the NRA of going too far.

"I thought it was completely inappropriate to involve the President's children because they have protection because of national security. It was really inappropriate," Pelosi told CNN.

Other House Democrats said the ad amounted to intimidation.

"Remember we are here dealing with people who aren't terribly stable. So I think that kind of ad is dangerous," Rep. George Miller, D-California said.

"It was irresponsible; this is not your grandfathers NRA," Rep. Rush Holt, D-New Jersey,added.

Many House Republicans, who were en route to a political conference in Virginia, were not available for comment.

The NRA did not respond to a request to comment on the Democratic criticism of the ad.

Filed under: Nancy Pelosi • NRA • President Obama
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Pander Bear

    The NRA is completely out of its collective mind. Give 'em enough rope and they'll hang themselves. They're already showing reasonable people that they cannot be taken seriously as an organization.

    January 16, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Moose

    What about addressing Rap music and videos, hollywood movies etc ??? oh thats right those are bammans friends,
    what a freaking hypocrite, what about violent video games ??? what about mental health what a freaking arragant A$$

    January 16, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Moose

    Why are the pres kids more important than yours ??? freaking hypocrite

    January 16, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Eric

    What about the problem with legal gun owners like the guy who shot Traven Martin. Some of these "legal" owners
    have such a problem. They think with a gun in their hand they are god. These gun laws won't effect rich legal
    owners who secretly hide their dangerous personality traits.

    January 16, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. George

    Sureeeeeeeeeee but him using kids to promote his agenda is ok most of you politicians are cowards no backbone what so ever and you will be voted out of office if not impeached we the people are tired of your lies

    January 16, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. jp

    The lady who said we have to pass a heath care bill to find out what's in it thinks the NRA is not being responsible? She needs to get in the real world. After all she agrees" We protect the President's children because of national security". By her own statement, unless you are the President, your children are not worth protecting. " Doesn't she confirm the NRA argument?

    January 16, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Dave Johnson

    Trayvon Martin had it coming. If you attack someone with a gun, be prepared to get shot. Unfortunately, Obama wants to take our guns. Over our dead bodies, you dictator/thug.

    January 16, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. carlos

    NRA suckers.....they are using your fees to that criminal organization to have armed guards 24/7 for protection and laughing all the way to the bank.....think about that you poor SUCKERS.

    January 16, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Sean

    this law is discriminating against mentally ill people. What about the so called mentally healthy gun owner who can
    afford to own hundreds of collectable guns. Are you going to make them sit down with a psychiatrist before they can
    buy a gun. I think have of them are psychotic. And of course they don't even lock their guns a gun box so their children
    won't touch them. We all have to suffer because of that.

    January 16, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Paul V.

    They can call it alot of things. But they can't call any of it untrue.

    January 16, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Dave Johnson

    No one HAS to join the NRA. It is a free organization, unlike unions which threaten people's lives.

    If you don't like guns, then DON'T OWN ONE.

    January 16, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Dizzy

    The pres's kids get the ULTIMATE in protection with several specially trained & armed agents in close proximity at all times & our kids are forced into the WORST: gun-free zones, where any wacko can come in & shoot kids like fish in a barrel until they run out of ammo or cops finally come from across town.

    The fact that there's no middle ground for our kids makes this ad fair game.

    Gun-free zones are invitations for wackos.

    January 16, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Dave Johnson

    Obama can send every one he wants to for my weapons. He will get nothing, nada, zip.

    Let him come. Let the Left come. There will be national resistance to this regime in Washington.

    January 16, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. carlos

    speak for yourself you illegitimate human being and that goes to Moose as well

    January 16, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Patrick

    The problem is People, not the tools they use. How about you Ban people.

    January 16, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. ococoob

    The NRA is completely WACKO! All through history, Presidents and their familes were always accorded Secret Service protection. Why should this be different now? Would they spout this garbage about Jimmy Carter's children? Gerald Ford's children? Ronald Reagan's children? George 1 & 2 Bush's children? Bill Clinton's daughter, Chelsea? NOOOOOOO! Everytime they open their mouths, they lose, lose, lose credibility not to mention, their sanity here!

    January 16, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. carlos

    Dave Johnson, your insanity is really showing...

    January 16, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Ed

    Many private schools have armed guards, the Obama children are attending a school which had armed guards before their attendance. The add accurately points out that the president has elected to send his children to a school with armed guards but appears to have rejected expanding that protection to public schools out of hand. It's not an inaccurate or dangerous ad. If anyone is exploiting children, it's the president; this parading of children on stage and trading on the tragedy of Sandy Hook is deplorable. Never let a crisis go to waste indeed, what foul politics. I can't believe the headline of this article is vilifying the NRA for pointing out hypocrisy and giving Obama a pass for shamelessly exploiting children and grief.

    January 16, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. rob

    No matter what these overly sensitive Dems think about the ad, there are many municipalities around the country who are asking for funds to have armed guards in schools. It is the only sure way to to stop a derainged killer no matter what weapon they have.

    Over reaching on gun controll will not stop gun violence. Most gun violence is committed by criminals in inner cities like Chicago, why isn't it a part of the reporting here or any liberal media ???

    January 16, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. ococoob

    @Dave Johnson

    "Trayvon Martin had it coming. If you attack someone with a gun, be prepared to get shot......."

    How do you know? Were you there? Do you proclaim yourself judge and jury? You numb nuts!.

    January 16, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Floyd

    The NRA should address specifically what they object to in the gun-control proposal. Are they against banning assault weapons? Why? Are they against the 10 bullets per magazine limit? Why? Stop with the rhetoric and be specific.

    January 16, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Hogarth

    Those who blame Hollywood movies and violent video games for gun violence in America are ignoring the fact that these movies and video games are played and enjoyed around the world, not just in the U.S. Yet other nations don't have our level of gun violence. Thus, the problem lies elsewhere.

    January 16, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Where are republican elected representatives when you need them? No where to be found. The NRA is no different than businesses who funnel money to terrorists organizations. This lobbying arm has our elected officals in their back pockets. It's time for Congress to ask themselves, WHO DO YOU SERVE? As far as the ad goes, it's dispicable, repulsive, tasteless and lacks facts on why the 1st Daughter's have armed security. The NRA is playing to the extremists in this country who are trying to incite a civil war. Let's see how Mr. LaPierre or any of his staff react if their child was slaughtered and riddled with bullets that shoot 3300 mph in a second at close range.

    January 16, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    The nra is nothing more then another crooked lobby ,the same as the oil lobby and the bum grover norquest who pay off your congressman ,gop, and sell their votes to the highest bidder and only represent 3% of the American people and deserve to be Hung from a lamp post alongside grover norquest by the voters,the American people have nothing but contempt for the nra,and tell them to vote for you because the majority of the American people will kick out anybody that votes with them in 2014 ,to bad it wasn't their kids in conn. Losers!!!!

    January 16, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. MaryM

    The NRA is becoming more extreme and more irrelevant. Everyone knows the NRA is paid million from the gun manufacturers.

    January 16, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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