WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said a National Rifle Association videoreferencing President Barack Obama’s daughters is ‘‘repugnant and cowardly.’’
Obama spokesman Jay Carney said most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as ‘‘pawns in a political fight.’’ Carney was referring to an online video from the pro-gun lobby. The video calls Obama an ‘‘elitist hypocrite’’ for having armed Secret Service agents protect his daughters at school while not committing to installing armed guards in all schools.
The NRA released the video ahead of Obama’s announcement Wednesday of proposals for curbing the nation’s gun violence. The president is calling on Congress to enact universal background checks and ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines — all measures the NRA opposes.
The gun lobby has instead called for armed guards in schools.