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. Sniffit

    "appears to have rejected expanding that protection to public schools out of hand."

    Obama's proposals very specifically reference resurrecting a program like Clinton had, that created resource officers who acted primarily like guidance counselors in the high school, but were also trained police officers who could respond to a violent situation. Bush and the GOP killed that program by defunding it. The NRA's cockamamie idea of "armed volunteers", on the other hand, was nonsense and intended to be the bandaid that prevented this conversation from going any further so that it wouldn't be accompanied by the rest of what Obama is doing, which is a comprehensive package of reforms and ideas instgead of just bandaid solution.

    January 16, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    Moose the hick, to bad they weren't your families kids, loser,goofball!!!!

    January 16, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. lazlothemonkey

    Why are the president's daughters more important than ours? Idiots. Imagine this scenario: Islamic militants kidnap Sascha and Malia and hold them hostage, demanding the release of all the terrorists in Guantanomo in return for their lives. The president would be severely compromised in his ability to negotiate. And voila you have a national security issue. Idiots.

    January 16, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Sniffit

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

    Your Darwin Awards will be fun to hand out.

    January 16, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Luke

    Soooooooo telling it like it is gets gun owners called mentally unstable and dangerous, but libtards creating a game where you assassinate the president of the NRA is perfectly fine?

    Mkay, liberals would probably melt like hot candlewax if they went a day without being complete and utter hypocrits.

    Stay classy liberals, and dont forget to give yourselves a big ol' pat on the back for being the party of tolerance and respect, because if YOU don't believe it, nobody will.

    January 16, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Jack

    The NRA asks: "Is Obama's children more important than yours?" Of course not. But they are definitely more in danger than yours. They are the Presidents children and children of people in the public eye are more in danger than the average kid. Come on, get a grip guys. What a lame, stupid, dangerous ad.

    January 16, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Tim

    it shows that the president can not relate to normal people. or their fears of crazies and criminals invading our homes and our schools. it will never happen to him. I say that if i cant have a gun to defend my home and family, then give me secret service to ensure they are safe and then i will have the same piece of mind that he does. I pay for it anyway. and i guarantee that if mr president didn't have secret service he would have michelle packing for protection. and by the way it was his choice to run for office and put his family in the extra danger.

    January 16, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Bill T.

    Someone needs to have the courage to point out the obvious. Most firearm crimes are committed by young black males. Not Asian grandmothers. Not Latino women. Not Polish-Americans.

    January 16, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Floyd

    The President's kids are more important than other kids because the President is the most important American. They are at a higher risk of being targets than regular kids. The President's interests are more important than mine or yours. Sorry, that's the truth.

    January 16, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

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

    When did the NRA become a hate group? Wasn't it (the NRA) generally held to be an advocate for gun safety? This ad is beyond stupid.

    January 16, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. 2012liberal

    Ya b cuz bushs twin daughters never had secret service. How soon we 4get? Hypocrites what a load of BOVINE SCAT!

    January 16, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Boo

    The NRA just proves what desperate knuckledragging neanderthals they are.....

    January 16, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Moose

    @jkane nice , real classy, hick ??? punks like you are catchers on the inside, keep brown nosing your good at it.

    January 16, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. UDidntBuildThat

    I think what is more cowardly is the WH totally ignoring their beloved entertainment industry and the violent garbage they put out in movies, TV shows and video games. Nice going on really addressing the problem here.

    January 16, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. GeorgeN

    "...this is not your grandfathers NRA,"
    Rep. Rush Holt, D-New Jersey

    This is not my grandfathers Democratic Party either. I'm guessing Franklin and Teddy Roosevelt are rolling over in their graves about how the liberal wing of the party has taken over.

    How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual... as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of.

    malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

    January 16, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. UDidntBuildThat

    Sniffit-Bush and the GOP killed that program by defunding it. ...
    Oh hear we go now. It's Bush's & GOP fault once again.... Really? Everything that happened while GWB was in office, including hurricanes and earthquakes, was GWB's fault. Gee, is anything that happened under Obama his fault? (Yawn)
    Liberal logic: Bush spend ran up the deficit but under Obama, Congress spend and ran up the deficit. LOL!

    January 16, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. John

    It's pretty obvious why it's practical for the president's family to have protection. That said, how is pointing out Obama's kids' protection any more 'cowardly' or 'inappropriate' than leveraging the kids from Newton, CT or propping up kids behind the president during his disarmament speech to promote gun control?

    January 16, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Uncle Sam

    Does this seem familiar? From the pages of Milton William Cooper’s 1991 book Behold A Pale Horse: “The government encouraged the manufacture and importation of firearms for the criminals to use. This is intended to foster a feeling of insecurity, which would lead the American people to voluntarily disarm themselves by passing laws against firearms. Using drugs and hypnosis on mental patients in a process called Orion, the CIA inculcated the desire in these people to open fire on schoolyards and thus inflame the ant-igun lobby. This plan is well under way, and so far is working perfectly. The middle class is begging the government to do away with the 2nd Amendment."

    January 16, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. freedom

    What's inappropriate and dangerous are this administration's policies! Get over yourselves ! This is about the citizens of this country and our freedoms and rights !

    January 16, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. UDidntBuildThat

    What about the privates schools where kids of members of Congress, the rich media elite, Gov., mayors, hollywood etc attends? The schools themselves have ARMED SECURITY. The pt is if Obama has a right to protect his kids, then so does the rest of us. His SS can have these weapons he is trying to ban and unlimited rounds of ammo but not the rest of us? How stupid are you people to just lie down and take it. Obama chose to be where he is and for it we the taxpayer give him the best security. Not so he can turn around and our rights to protect our families in the same way we protect his!

    January 16, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    How about 100% TRUTHFUL?

    January 16, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Woman In California

    Next to the KKK, the NRA is the most digusting and dangerous organization out there.

    Do you really think if the Obama's were white and living in the White House this ad would have run?

    January 16, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. Solus5

    Yet he can surround himself with children while signing 23 exc orders and Bloomburg can hold up a pic of a dead child and say "who's child is next?" and that's not.. come on.. I guess it's only repugnant when someone other than HE does it.. Man, what a hypocrite..

    January 16, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. Sniffit

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

    Truly moronic. Will you also guarantee me that nobody's going to be using one on me against my will? Your attempt to lay "turn around" with a common pro-choice argument regarding abortion is infantile and just plain insipid. When's the last time you heard about peolpe running around committing mass abortions on unwilling pregnant women?

    January 16, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. Larry L

    @Dave Johnson

    You guys should worry if the background check includes a literacy test. I suggest you ask somebody to read the President's executive orders to you. They contain absolutely nothing to threaten anybody who is trying to purchase a weapon legally. They say NOTHING about restricting your ownership of semi-automatic weapons. The President challenged the Congress to take action in those areas. Go back to your Klan meeting and STFU.

    January 16, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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