During the month proceeding the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, New York passed the toughest gun control legislation, which includes criminal punishment for the unsafe storage of an assault weapon, and President Obama issued executive orders to improve background checks and encourage law enforcement in schools. But the National Rifle Association gets the award for the most controversial attempt to respond to the issues raised in the Sandy Hook shooting, an advertisement painting President Obama as an “elitist hypocrite” for not fighting to protect children in the same manner as he protects his own.
In response to the NRA’s ad, the White House called the video “repugnant and cowardly.” Commentators have stated that the video is an example of how destructive the NRA has become in its attempt to protect gun ownership. Others have stated the comparison between the government’s protection of its leader’s children and children all over the world are extreme and unfair. Others, however, have supported the comparison stating that while the President’s children are overly protected, several other children have died.
But does attacking Secret Service or its protection of the President’s family cross the line? Is such a comparison helpful in the gun control debate? Or is it a distraction? Recently in Oklahoma, a 12-year-old girl called 911 shortly before shooting a stranger who broke into her home. The intruder survived and is being held at the Bryan County Jail. Her family and followers of the story have commended the young girl’s actions. She was able to protect herself in the face of danger. Gun ownership is not completely bad, but perhaps the NRA is having a tough time seeing the good.