Why Did the NRA Say That Sasha and Malia Have 11 Armed School Guards? (Spoiler Alert: They Don't and Breitbart)

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Loyal Jezebel readers/ most people will have seen the charming NRA video which stays really classy by going after Obama's children and calling the President an "elitist hypocrite." Well, they released another video (because they are real auters of le cinema) in which they call Obama a "HYPOCRITE" again, for saying, in an interview with David Gregory, that he was "skeptical" that having armed guards in schools was the "only solution," when "the school Obama's daughters attend has 11 armed guards." The only problem is the school, Sidwell Friends, has zero, not 11 armed guards. It has confirmed that their security officers do not carry guns. And while they have 11 people in their security department, as the Washington Post points out, "Five are listed as "special police officer," while two are listed as 'on call special police officer,' which presumably means they do not work full-time. The directory also lists two weekend shift supervisors, one security officer and the chief of security." So it's not like the school is crawling with security officers.


So where does this erroneous information come from? As a screenshot (see above) from the video demonstrates, it comes from a December 24th article published on... wait for it... Breitbart.com. The "reporter," A.W.R. Hawkins, falsely reports that

Obama sends his kids to a school where armed guards are used as a matter of fact.
The school, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, has 11 security officers and is seeking to hire a new police officer as we speak.

If you dismiss this by saying, "Of course they have armed guards — they get Secret Service protection," then you've missed the larger point.

The larger point is that this is standard operating procedure for the school, period. And this is the reason people like NBC's David Gregory send their kids to Sidwell, they know their kids will be protected from the carnage that befell kids at a school where armed guards weren't used (and weren't even allowed).

He then makes the stellar argument, which the NRA echoed in its videos.

Shame on President Obama for seeking more gun control and for trying to prevent the parents of other school children from doing what he has clearly done for his own. His children sit under the protection guns afford, while the children of regular Americans are sacrificed.

Clearly, Breitbart.com has a major cinematic influence on the NRA.

Speaking of cinematic influences, check out this parody video of the NRA's first video.


NRA - Stand and Fight Parody - watch more funny videos


Why the NRA Said Obama's Daughters Have Armed School Guards (They Don't) [The Atlantic Wire]
Inside the NRA's New Action Movie for Its Post-Newtown Saga [The Atlantic Wire]
4 Pinocchios for a slashing NRA ad on security at Sidwell Friends School [Washington Post]



Why? Because they trust that the people they're targeting with this bullshit are too trusting to doubt and too lazy to confirm.