Gun group's shooting tips for Obama
February 6th, 2013
01:21 PM ET
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Gun group's shooting tips for Obama

(CNN) – The photo of President Barack Obama skeet shooting at Camp David may have put to rest some of the conspiracy theories surrounding his claim to partake in the activity "all the time," but it sparked one gun group to offer some advice on the sport.

And they should know: the National Shooting Sports Foundation helped build the range Obama uses at his presidential retreat.

"We provided one of the industry's top facilities consultants, and donated tens of thousands of dollars of machinery, consulting and oversight to build the regulation field," NSSF vice president Larry Keane wrote in a statement on the organization's website.

"We provided countless hours of shotgun and safety instruction as well. We were honored to provide this service for the office of the Presidency, and our investment appears to be paying off by recruiting new shooters. Welcome, Mr. President," Keane continued.

On future outings, Obama might try "leaning a little further forward into the shot to better manage recoil," Keane wrote by way of suggestion.

"Keep your feet about shoulder width apart, and put more weight on your leading foot," he continued. "You appear to be shooting a gun with 'neutral cast,' to wit, a straight stock. Since you're shooting left-handed, you may want to look into a different stock cast to better accommodate you. And if you're going to get a custom gun, make sure they measure your length of pull first. Proper gun fit makes an enormous difference in accuracy, and thus in your enjoyment of the sport."

He also had some tips for Pete Souza, the White House photographer who snapped the photo of Obama shooting that was released last Saturday.

"It's better policy to stand directly behind the shooter on any active range, because it's safer and besides, you can see (and snap, if you're quick) whether he hit the target," Keane wrote.

The Newtown, Connecticut-based NSSF has been a vocal opponent of some of Obama's proposals to limit gun violence, which were unveiled following the massacre at an elementary school only three miles from NSSF's headquarters.

The group, which largely stayed quiet following the December 14 shooting in a show of respect for their mourning community, has opposed a ban on assault weapons that was proposed by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. Obama has also pushed for the ban, though it's unlikely to garner enough support for passage in Congress.

In his statement, Keane said Obama could try using a semiautomatic shotgun on his skeet shooting range, since one of the NSSF's member companies donated the firearms to Camp David's collection.

"In fact, the semiautomatic shotguns are functionally identical to all the semiautomatic firearms that Senator Dianne Feinstein has proposed to ban in her sweeping new legislation," Keane wrote, urging Obama to consider who would be affected by a complete ban on assault-style weapons.

"Gun owners, by the way, have only a few short weeks before we see whether the Congress puts a target on our Second Amendment rights," he wrote. "We urge you and all our elected lawmakers to know your target, which is the criminal misuse of firearms, not arbitrary limits on which guns and magazines law-abiding citizens can legally purchase."

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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Evergreen

    Since the Wnd amendment does not define who can own a gun, haven't we already amended it when we decided criminals and mentally ill citizens can't own weapons. If we have defined who can and can not have a weapon under the 2nd Amendment, can't we define what weapons are made available.

    February 6, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. GaryB


    Why does he only have one choke tube?
    Not sure how old the model in the photo is, but I'm pretty sure the older Citori's had fixed choke barrels. Maybe this is an older model, but the top barrel was retrofitted to accommodate a screw-in choke tube? I don't have too much experience with shotguns, so this is just a guess.

    February 6, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. wireknob

    I think almost everyone, including the NRA, would want every gun owner to be able to pass a background check and exercise responsible gun ownership...IN THE ABSTRACT. The problem is that simply passing legislation to this effect does not make it so. The legislation must be implemented and enforced, and nobody on the gun control side has explained how they would do this, how much it would cost, or how effective it would be in addressing the types of crimes we've been talking about.

    To his credit, VP Biden admitted that (and I quote) "Nothing we're going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring gun deaths down to 1,000 a year from what it is now." So what is really happening here is a cosmetic political response to the public's demand for action, and anti-gun activists have hijacked the effort to ramrod their agenda through while the American public is still emotionally processing recent school shooting events.

    February 7, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Im still all for obama I think he is doing great with the gun law but people treat him badly go obama!

    February 7, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
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