Obama Gun Photo Released Amid Call For Stronger Regulations

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A photo of President Barack Obama skeet shooting at Camp David has been released following a claim last week that he engages in the activity regularly.

It is the only known photo of Obama with a gun, and also comes amid a White House-backed push for stronger gun control regulations in the U.S.

Obama Gun Photo

The photo shows Obama targeting clay pigeons at the presidential retreat last August, which he said he does "all the time" during stays at the compound.

The comment, in an interview last Sunday, was a response to a question of whether he had ever held a firearm. Obama told the New Republic:

"Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations."

"And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake."

Given the current political atmosphere and polarizing gun control debate, some questioned whether the claim was an embellishment or even true at all.

Politicians who use firearms often advertise that fact to gun owners, but in four years in office and two national campaigns, Obama has never brought it up.

"If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this?" asked Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). "Why has he not referenced it at any point [during this] gun debate?"

"Why have we not seen photos?"

Asked about the president's interview, Press Secretary Jay Carney responded "I would refer you simply to his comments," he said. "I don't know how often."

Carney noted that when Obama travels to "Camp David, he goes to spend time with his family and friends and relax, not to produce photographs."

Some Obama supporters have already brushed off critics as "skeeters," a play on the "birthers" like Donald Trump who doubted he was a U.S. citizen.

"Attn skeet birthers. Make our day - let the photoshop conspiracies begin!" senior adviser and 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe wrote on Twitter.

Conspiracy or not, and no matter how curiously timed the photo's release may be, what can't be refuted is the President's commitment to reform.

Obama signed several executive orders strengthening regulations of guns and revealed proposals to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

The gun control push began in response to the December mass-shooting of 20 first graders and six adults at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.

What do you think? Do you support tougher gun laws?

 

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So President Obama shoots clay pigeons, but I wonder how he prepares them for the dinner table, I prefer mine with wild rice !

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He isn't against gun ownership you slacked jawed, knuckle dragging, drooling, spit talking, morons! He's against certain automatic weapons with large magazines! Good god! Read a fucking book or newspaper sometime! If you can? Put down the Mountain Dew, change that Affliction shirt that you have worn the last 8 days and pay attention to something!!!

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@ Duh

Reagan ban automatic weapons in 1984.And I read the list of the 157 so called ssualt weapons and their all semi-auto sporters And what do think a ban does duh it limits ownership of certain firearms and make lawful citizens into crimanals.

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most americans can start a war of itself.

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Big O tryin' to prove he's cool with guns? Sorry, 2nd Amendment ain't 'bout shootin' skeet - and Hey, is that HIM? Could be ANYBODY; can't see his face! ('Bout as real as the Bin Ladin pics!)

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Whoever that is, they're not shooting skeet. Skeet, or rather clay pigeons,, are meant to simulate flying birds. Birds tend to fly above the horizon and skeet are luanched from a launcher upwards thus the shooter's gun shud be elevated, not horizontal. This SPORT is known for an extremely good safety record becuz accidentally shooting a fellow shooter is . The shooter in this pic looks to be more a like a secret service man executing someone or something much closer to the ground and stationary

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That picture is phony as a three dollar bill.

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It would be nice to know who is our new owners (think slavery) so we can learn the new language we are gona have to speak when the deal is sealed and our new masters take over. Congrats Idiots.

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The answers are easy: ITS ALL A LIE, PROPAGATED FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISARMING EVEN THE CITIZENRY AS THESE PEOPLE HAVE DONE THE MILITARY. WE ARE BEING DISARMED TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR A HOSTILE MILITARY TAKE OVER. The next and final question is WHO DID THESE BASTARDS SELL US OUT TO? The NWO? The Moslems? Maybe the Chinese?

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Another question: why is there suddenly this spree of gun violence in American society when true gun advocates would never do these things in the first place with the media soundly pouncing on every opportunity to exploit these incidents?

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The foto looks fraudulent to me. Doesn't even look like Obama. Its totally suspicious. Why only one foto? Why isn't there anyone else in it? Why now? Why suddenly make Obama appear to be a gun enthusiast when he adamantly is opposed to the private ownership of gun?

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@ tripps

I suspect you are a troll. 1. It's not a big deal or scandal that he shoots a gun or is even a gun enthusiast. 2. It's obviously Obama. 3. He is NOT adamantly opposed to private ownership of a gun and never once said that he was.

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@ GossipGal

If I were to give you credit enough to think that you were intelligent enough to warrant a response, you would always be indebted to me and never even capable of a single payment on your account.

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@ GossipGal

If I were to give you credit enough to think that you were intelligent enough to warrant a response, you would always be indebted to me and never even capable of a single payment on your account.

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