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Gun critics and supporters are not sure what to think of the recent photo of President Obama shooting skeet at Camp David.
The White House released the photo Feb. 2, but it was snapped back in August while the president vacationed with his family at the camp in Maryland.
The picture shows the president with protective glasses and ear-muffs, peering down the barrel of a shotgun immediately after pulling the trigger.
The photo is thought to be proof to critics who are skeptical about Obama’s efforts to tighten gun control. Some are calling it staged, while the president said that he has a profound respect of the tradition of hunting.
This newfound enthusiasm for shooting clay pigeons seems a bit suspicious, even after the president was asked in an interview if he had ever shot a gun.
“Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time,” Obama said.
The president and others have been pushing for more gun control since the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed.
But will this picture silence those who are skeptical about gun control?
It is very unlikely, since most of them are saying that the president has no experience or knowledge of guns.
This is obvious by how the president is handling the shotgun in the photo.
Notice his right hand is pretty far up the barrel. If the president is an active shooter, he would know that the barrel of the gun gets pretty warm up there.
John H. Josselyn, legislative vice president for the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore Inc. said this photo is most likely staged to help quiet those concerned with Obama’s gun control laws.
“If the president were actually shooting on a skeet or trap range, he would have been wearing a belt with a shell bag or a shooting vest. This is a poorly staged publicity photo intended to deceive the public by portraying the president as something he is not,” Josselyn said.
The president has shot skeet before. Once at the President’s Cup, which is a shooting competition tradition involving the presidential Marine guards. The president only stayed there for about five minutes. Another source said he remembered the president skeet shooting one other time at Camp David, very early in his first term.
It is unclear if the picture was staged or not, but it is obvious that President Obama is trying to make amends with the skeptics who say he has no experience in handling guns.