The White House has released a photo of Barack Obama shooting a shotgun, presumably his own, and already there are critics of the photo, some claiming that the photo is photoshopped. Others have examined Obama's form in the picture. But, the question is really one of does it matter whether Obama goes skeet shooting or not? After all, the Second Amendment, which he is attacking says nothing about skeet shooting, does it?

White House Senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer tweeted out the photo today at 3:25PM, claiming that it was performed at Camp David on August 4, 2012. Obviously some of the things that struck me was the dark glasses being used, his face right up on the gun, lack of recoil, and the fact that Obama was basically shooting straight out in front of him. But I digress.

The photo was sent out to quiet critics of Obama's interview with the The New Republic in which he was asked about ever firing a gun. He responded, "Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time."

Prior to the release of the photo, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) have told CNN on Monday evening, "If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos?"

She added, "I think he should invite me to Camp David, and I'll go skeet shooting with him. And I bet I'll beat him."

But the question remains. Whether or not he does actually skeet shoot is irrelevant in the current dialogue going on in America regarding guns. The issue is that the law of the land, the United States Constitution, is not about such a sport. It's about keeping a "free state." Again, I remind people who may be new to the site or even to the Second Amendment, that it reads,

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Now here's the thing. Obama is clearly within his right to own, carry and shoot any gun he likes. That is because that right is protected under the law and if the man was a patriot, he could take up any of those arms to defend against foreign enemies, but we know that will never happen.

The point is, using a photo, whether real or manufactured, to demonstrate that he skeet shoots doesn't add one thing to the controversy going on. It is an attempt to get the intellectually lazy and emotionally driven people of our culture to think that he knows how to use a gun and therefore when he speaks on gun issues, he is genuine about what he speaks of. Nothing could be further from the truth.

This photo is nothing more than publicity. His ideology is what must be kept at the forefront and that ideology is well documented. In fact, he is known for having openly said, “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”

So in the final analysis, all the hubbub that this photo will bring about should be completely dismissed and the real issue of ideology, along with what his record and statements have been throughout his life should be brought to the forefront. While a picture may speak a thousand words, we should take Obama's own words and use them to silence this picture.

UPDATE: In going back through internet archives there are a few things that stand out as far as what took place that day (August 4, 2012).

I found this interesting: http://patdollard.com/2013/02/obama-skeet-shooting-fraud-proven/

Second, I found Obama's weekly address, where he congratulated US Olympic winners, including two skeet shooters, but unlike other times where he conveniently inserts himself, he says nothing about his own skeet shooting abilities.

There is also this photo (notice the difference in clothes from the above article) which is attributed to Obama teeing off the morning of April 4 at Martha's Vineyard.

Finally, we recall Jay Carney dodging the question about Obama skeet shooting at Camp David. The man has been in office for four years and Carney doesn't know enough about his "all the time skeet shooting" to validate the claim? Please.

UPDATE 2: Steve Sheldon at Clash Daily describes the pattern of the ports on the gun and how the smoke doesn't match the pattern. He writes,

As a lifelong shotgunner, I immediately smelled a rat. Nothing in the photo looks right and upon closer examination, it is a complete fraud.

One need go no further than examining the ports on the shotgun. Ports are tiny holes sometimes drilled near the muzzle (the business end of the gun) to release energy and reduce recoil. They serve as a pressure release valve of sorts. One will immediately notice that there is smoke coming from the right side of the gun in the photo as well as out the front. The only problem is that there is no smoke coming from the ports on the left side of the gun, clearly seen in the photo suggesting that the smoke was doctored into the photo. Furthermore, the smoke exiting on the right side of the gun does not match the port pattern on the left. If this gun was being fired as suggested by the White House, then the smoke would be coming out the ports on the gun clearly seen in the picture and evenly on both sides.

To add insult to injury, the smoke pictured is not clearly defined and appears to be moved by wind. At this stage in the firing process, this phenomenon would be nearly impossible. The smoke should look like it is being rapidly forced out small holes instead of something wafting from a chimney.

Sheldon also pointed out as another article above about skeet shooting involving houses, of which there is none in the picture.

While I still believe we should keep our eye on the ball, it is interesting the actual documentation about problems with the photo in light of the fact that this is the same White House that gave us the "real" (digitized and fabricated) birth certificate, so why should we be surprised.

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