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article imageReview: National Rifle Association releases new ad

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By Christopher Ramos
Jan 16, 2013 in Politics
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Gun control has become the center of attention in America in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. People all over the country have cried out for stricter gun control measures, while others have called out for gun rights.
As the debate escalates all over the country, the National Rifle Association has taken the debate to a new level with their most recent ad. The ad is geared towards Obama calling him an "elitist hypocrite." The President's own children are guarded by armed guards, yet most public schools don't have armed guards to protect the average child, the ad says. The gun free zone act of 1990 has made it illegal to carry a gun within 1000 ft of a school. The National Rifle Association has proposed that armed guards be placed in public schools to deter criminals. Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's vice president, stated The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.
The White House spokesman, Jay Carney, has stated in response to the ad Most Americans agree that the President's Children should not be used as pawns in a political fight, but to go so far as to make the safety of the President's children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly.
The ad at the very beginning focuses on the President's children being protected by armed guards as the subject of attack in the ad. The very first seconds of the video states " Are the President's kids more important than yours?"
NRA spokesman, Andrew Arulanandam, has responded to the criticism stating The main aim of the ad is to make sure that we all act to keep our children safe. It’s not aimed at anyone’s child in particular. Anyone who claims otherwise is intentionally trying to change the topic or missing the point completely.
There has other similar measures proposed since the shootings. The Libertarian Party has started a petition calling for the removal of gun free zones. Some Libertarians want armed teachers in schools to protect students.
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