The whole function of this NRA commercial is ridiculous. No one is saying your kids aren’t important or that their safety isn’t important. The NRA is feeding you horse crap so you’ll be too distracted to think critically about this issue. Certainly your kids–your family–mean more to you than anything. But while that is so, the question that is being asked isn’t one that requires emotion to answer. In truth, whether or not the President’s children are more important to protect is the key here, and that answer is, most obviously, a yes. But let’s break this down for everyone so no one is left feeling confused.
The NRA asks:
“Are the president’s kids more important than yours?” the narrator asks. “Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school?”
Aside from the fact that the president is in constant state of threat (all the time, every day, every hour of the day–unlike your kids) and often by NRA supporters (threats against the president from the conservatives–that is to say, American Citizens–are astronomical, about 40,000 since he took office in 2007, thanks to crazy talking heads on the
Republican News Network…er, Fox News–threats are up over 300% since the Bush Administration. And since the NRA deems it useful to just insult the president by race-baiting…), are the president’s kids more important? Here is why I think so.
In case you may have forgotten, the President of the United States is the guy that holds sway over, oh I don’t know, 3 million active and reserve military personnel with, you know, tanks and aircraft carriers. Also he knows of countless national security issues, overseas interests, and–oh, oh! Let’s not forget about the fact that he has the power to enforce the launch of the more than 5100 nuclear bombs in our arsenal.
So yeah, the President is an important guy. He has all the marbles. And there are crazy bad people out there who want to threaten this man. This begs the question: hasn’t anyone seen Air Force One?! Don’t you recall the plot of that movie? You know:
The President of the USA goes to Moscow and gives a stirring speech outlining the USA’s new “Zero-tolerance” policy with respect to terrorism. On the flight home, terrorists take over Air Force One (the President’s official plane) and take the passengers (including his wife and daughter) hostage. The terrorists plan to execute one hostage every half-hour unless/until their demands are met.
Yeah…that plot! And that plot isn’t some random premise; the fact is this threat is very, very real. So yeah, that is why the President has armed secret service men around him at all times. That, and the 40,000 incredibly insane conservatives (probably NRA members) who want to kill him or see him killed.
So to answer your question, oh dreadfully ignorant NRA commercial: “Are the President’s kids more important than yours?” Unless you’re the leader of a nuclear-armed nation (i.e., a superpower), then the answer is: well, d’uh! Because if something were ever to happen to them, or the President, chances are high that–you know–a world war might start and I doubt that would be good for anyone’s children, now would it?