NRA scoffs at Obama skeet shooting photo released by White House
Washington, Feb. 3 : The National Rifle Association (NRA) has scoffed at the photo of President Barack Obama skeet shooting at Camp David, which was released by the White house to settle a row over whether he had fired a gun before.
Obama had recently told the New Republic magazine he did skeet shooting all the time during Camp David.
According to the Huffington Post, the White House released the photo on Saturday, which is dated August 4, 2012.
The caption said that 'Obama is shooting clay targets on the range at Camp David'.
In the photo, Obama is seen holding a gun against his left shoulder, his left index finger on the trigger and smoke coming from the barrel. He is wearing jeans, a dark blue, short-sleeved polo shirt, sunglasses and earmuffs.
The NRA, which has rejected Obama's gun control proposals, scoffed at the photo.
Andrew Arulanandam, the organization's spokesman, said that one picture does not erase a lifetime of supporting every gun ban and every gun-control scheme imaginable.
A top official with the National Skeet Shooting Association said the photo suggested that Obama is a novice shooter.
Michael Hampton, executive director of the San Antonio-based association, said that shooting was something that Obama did very often because of the way he's standing and how he has the gun mounted in the photo, the report said.
The NRA has also opposed Obama's call for Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines and said requiring background checks for all gun purchases would be ineffective because the administration is not doing enough to enforce existing gun laws, it added.