Last week the White House released a photo of President Obama skeet shooting at Camp David back in August 2012. The photo hasn’t received much press beyond various gun enthusiasts coming out to criticize the president’s shooting stance. One expert called Obama “a novice.”
Are we supposed to think our president more masculine—more American—because he skeet shoots? Leaders aren’t required to follow the majority, especially when the majority is wrong, and yet here’s the leader of the free world pandering to gun nuts. Isn’t it manlier and more American to stand up against mass stupidity?
Besides, are gun rights advocates who see the photo magically going to think: “Oh, he skeet shoots, so he’s to be trusted—he’s not against our way of life—let’s go ahead and support gun control legislation”? No chance.
People on both sides of the gun control debate should find the photo odd; if anything, it’s disingenuous, feels forced, and induces cries of “political stunt.”
It’s a crime that we maintain such a strong, logic-resistant culture of guns in America. In trying to reduce gun-related violence in America, President Obama inadvertently contributed to the madness expressed by gun nuts.