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Obama, NRA accused of exploiting children in gun control crusade

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Children are the reason why gun control issues are being discussed. Twenty kids were viciously gunned down in Connecticut. Now, both sides of the issue are accusing the other of using children to send a message.

Before President Obama unveiled his gun control plans to the nation, the National Rifle Association released a 35 second ad pushing for more school security.

Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miSjgv1MH7s

It says, "Are the president's kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school."

Should the president's children be off limits? On Facebook dozens of you weighed in.

John Whitaker says "The ad is telling the truth. If it offends, so be it."

Brian Tanguma wrote, "The NRA is trying to politicize this discussion by bringing in Obama's kids into the conversation and that's wrong."

Kim Flores said, "I agree with this video all the way!!! Hypocritical president is what we have."

White House spokesperson Jay Carney responded Wednesday with the following statement.

"Most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as pawns in a political fight," Carney said. "But to go so far as to make the safety of the president's children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly."

Then, came the President's press conference where he announced his 23 executive orders.

Present, were four school children who wrote letters to him in the wake of the Connecticut massacre.

"These are our kids," the President said. "This is what they're thinking about. We should be thinking about our responsibility to care for them and shield them from harm."

Some people had the same reaction as that of the NRA ad--accusing the president of exploitation.

Governor Rick Perry even touched on it in a statement.

"The piling on by the political left, and their cohorts in the media, to use the massacre of little children to advance a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved those children, disgusts me, personally," Perry said.

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