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Gun Sales Soar on Photo of Armed Obama -- Andy Borowitz

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Right-wing opponents of Mr. Obama were behind the frenzied gun sales, saying that they were terrified by the image of an armed and shooting President. ***HUMOR***

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Kit B (276)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:14 pm
Photograph by Pete Souza.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The White House’s attempt to portray President Obama as a gun user may have had unintended consequences today, as a newly released photo of Mr. Obama firing a rifle at Camp David set off a panic of gun buying across the US.

Right-wing opponents of Mr. Obama were behind the frenzied gun sales, saying that they were terrified by the image of an armed and shooting President.

“I don’t want to sound paranoid or anything, but now everything Obama has been doing makes sense,” said Harland Dorrinson, who was waiting on a blocks-long line outside a West Virginia Wal-Mart. “He wants to take away all our guns and then he’s going to come shoot us.”

Learning that Mr. Obama only uses his rifle for skeet-shooting did little to calm Mr. Dorrinson: “Somebody owning a gun just for sporting purposes? Yeah, right.”

In an effort to stem the panic, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters today that skeet-shooting took up relatively little of the President’s time at Camp David, and that his favorite leisure activities were “actually badminton and frisbee.”

The White House later released a photo of Mr. Obama putting away his gun and never using it again.

By: Andy Borowitz | The New Yorker Magazine |

Kit B (276)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:16 pm

This satire - humor and not meant to be taken seriously. Though where there is good satire there just might be a gain of truth.

MmAway M (506)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:27 pm
Oh for Cotten Picken Sake! Wrote a comment and hit the wrong button and my other good computer got WIPED out with the San Diego Gas & Electric Outage. Thus, I am typing a a friends house. Noted, but SWEETIE, YA KNOW I LOVE YA we just do not agree in political issues!!....I will always note your news when I am here!!! xx

MmAway M (506)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:29 pm
OK AT a ...Want to clear that spelling error up!

Kit B (276)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:34 pm

It's just for fun and laughs Marilyn. Not to be taken seriously.

MmAway M (506)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:42 pm
OK and a he he sweetie!! I was never upset! Ya made me smile and for that I have to love anytime I spent on this stupid laptop! THANKS!!! Not tracking dear but came back to note the rest of your news before I went to sleep! SWAK~~

Kit B (276)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:44 pm

Andy Borowitz always is good for a laugh, if we don't laugh than we take it all too seriously.

Pat B (356)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:53 pm
Read this earlier this evening, and after a busy day...I needed this.!! Thanks, Kit for a lil Andy humor before I close the kitchen up for the night. ;-)

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:07 pm
He doesn't hunt my animals is what I care about :) Now if I could get him to go vegan :)

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 3:06 am
Yep, he is coming for us. All of us . And with a smoking gun. lol Thanks Kit

. (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 7:10 am
This photo shows very poor taste after the recent shootings, regardless of the story.

lee e (114)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 7:11 am
Be afraid -- be very afraid! I didn't know the President was African American -- and with a gun!!! Oh Oh!

Kit B (276)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 7:38 am

Ah, yes Lee, that's the hidden secret, he is really African American, and occasionally does shoot skeet. That is done with a shot gun, and skeet are made of clay. So do be afraid.

Arielle S (313)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 10:45 am
There are probably a few Tea Party members who should be afraid.... Hey, I wonder if we could make bullets that dissolved when you put them in the gun? Or maybe make them out of jello? That would solve a lot of issues, wouldn't it? (Maybe Mr. Borowitz is contagious?)

Kit B (276)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 11:02 am

Yuck, Jello is a gross sticky mess, but washable paint might do. Andy is contagious, and funny. As Bill Maher might say, that black Obama army is finally coming to get THEM. Don't I wish.

Susanne R (235)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:24 pm
President Obama can shoot all the skeet he wants! Last I heard, they weren't an endangered species, were incapable of suffering fear or pain, and didn't have grieving family members to leave behind.

According to the Daily Klos, "Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who accidentally shot Texas attorney Harry Whittington during a 2006 quail-hunting trip, told FOX News that he thinks that armed school guards are a "more effective deterrent" to gun violence in schools than anything that President Obama supports."

That's right, foks! Five-deferment Cheney accidentally shot a hunting partner right in the kisser --inflicting some serious damage and causing the victim to suffer a heart attack-- and ended up getting an apology from the poor victim! And now he's advocating that we have more guns in schools? Didn't he learn anything from his own experience (or should I say "lack of experience"?) What a messed (not my first word of choice, but more appropriate for a grandmother) up country we live in.

Mike M (40)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:36 pm
Looks like he might hurt himself

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 1:14 pm
Thanks Kit.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 1:57 pm
Thanks, Kit. Borowitz always makes me laugh...but this one really had me howling. Hilarious! Definitely have to share this one.

greenplanet e (155)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 3:47 pm
..."his favorite leisure activities were “actually badminton and frisbee.”

The White House later released a photo of Mr. Obama putting away his gun and never using it again."

Yep, you don't need a gun to be a "real" American or "real" man etc.


marie C (163)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 4:34 pm
Had no idea what skeet was haha thanks Kit

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 4:36 pm
Poor old Obama. If he sneezes, they will say he is starting an epidemic.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 6:33 pm
I agree with Susanne that Dick Cheney takes hypocrisy - and other outrageous behavior - to new levels.

Kit B (276)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 6:38 pm

He also owns a large part of CCA - one of, if not the leading private prison system in the US. So it behooves him to keep guns out there, and criminals filling his coffers. Cheney - leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 6:53 pm
Here is an appropriate comment that I made on Yahoo.

Our forefathers and foremothers paid a heavy price for the freedoms we often take for granted. Do not think we are immune to what happened in these other countries?

Most of us know what is going on in Washington. The attempt to take away our weapons is simply the beginning unless we wake up and pay the price to continue our freedoms. Yet it is not the beginning which actually goes back several elections gone by.

There is a fable about a man who left his camel outside his tent. I may not be following the story exactly but I do the meaning. The camel put his head inside the tent. That seemed reasonable so the man allowed it. The camel put his forefeet into the tent. Oh, well, let him have his way. It's not hurting me. The man went to sleep. When he awoke the camel
was inside the tent and the man was outside.

Let's all wake up before it's too late.

Vicky P (476)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 6:59 pm
haha, probably would happen even though it's a fake story :p Gun sales seem to rise over every little thing

Dana W (9)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 7:03 pm
Why shouldn't President Obama be allowed to use a gun? Many law-abiding citizens own and use guns safely for hunting and other sporting activities. Guns are used in several Olympic sports; should they be banned?

Kit B (276)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 7:13 pm

By the stance, I'd say he knows how to handle his shotgun. Like anyone one else Obama has a right to own a gun. This short article is political humor, that is what Andy Borowitz does, satire.

JL A (281)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 8:17 pm
Thanks for a sorely needed dose of AB Kit!

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 9:03 pm

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 9:13 pm
I saw this on the news last night :)

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 9:33 pm
@ Dana W --- If I have your comment correctly, nobody is talking about banning guns in general. The talk is about reasonable gun control and banning assault weapons and large magazines. Please get that straight because perpetuating a lie, like the NRA's Wayne LaPierre and his cronies are doing, just leads to anger and divisiveness.

If anybody would like a good laugh (or a good cry, depending on your take), watch this short video "Gun Fails: A Comprehensive Collection To Commemorate 'Gun Appreciation' Day " that is contained in Tom Cat's blog under 'MoveOn' about a week ago.

I had this in my inbox yesterday and howled. I love reading Borowitz. He is so funny, and so spot on.

Kenneth L (314)
Monday February 4, 2013, 1:20 am
This smacks of conspiracy.. If you look closely you can see it's a right-handed shotgun but he's shooting it left-handed.
And 'skeet' shooting, where I come from they call them skeeters, and you don't use a shotgun to kill them, you use lotion.

Kenneth L (314)
Monday February 4, 2013, 1:31 am
And 'clay' pigeons? I hate to break the news but pigeons are living breathing real creatures. They eat crumbs and pieces of potato chips in U.S. cities. And they all go "coo, coo". What's next? 'clay' turkeys? As I said, it all smacks of conspiracy foisted by Obama on the American public.

marie C (163)
Monday February 4, 2013, 6:56 am
Feel very sorry for London pigeons they have become very persecuted we are fined for feeding them thanks to Boris our mayor but to hell with it I feed them all my left over bread and scraps

Scott haakon (4)
Monday February 4, 2013, 11:25 am
People are laughing at the political gaffe. Skeet shooting? No Obama wants defenseless America. the opposition wants that we buy what we want. It is a consumer issue. How would you like to go to buy a new car and the dealer told you he could only sell Model T's?

Kit B (276)
Monday February 4, 2013, 11:49 am

First - Scott again you prove yourself to be an ill informed, knuckle dragging troglodyte.
Defenseless America? We have at least 300 million guns in a country of 310 million people, what are you smoking?

I can shoot a left or right hand shot gun as can many people.

I don't know about Canada, Kenneth but I have shot Skeet for years and they are CLAY - though some call them pigeons, I have yet to see any one shooting skeet that were made of anything but clay.

Kenneth L (314)
Monday February 4, 2013, 7:54 pm
Omg, it was tongue in cheek. So much for humor on a satirical article thread.

Kenneth L (314)
Monday February 4, 2013, 8:02 pm
Btw, in Canada we use pine cones to vote with, we run on 23 hour days, the highest education you can get is Grade 11, we are a landlocked country which is why we have no Navy, we have only propeller-driven airplanes, woolly mammoth stampedes in downtown Calgary every summer, our leader is Chief Gordon Lightfooot, Toronto is downtown Canada....
NOW do you believe me when I say Obama in this photo is obvious proof of a conspiracy according to the reasons I posted?

jo M. (3)
Monday February 4, 2013, 9:04 pm
I believe.

Kenneth L (314)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 8:44 am
jo M, lol. Just so I'm not misunderstood twice MY first two posts on this thread were tongue in cheek from first word to last. I already know the article was and I know what skeet shooting and clay pigeons are. Sheesh.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 9:43 am

Kenneth I assumed your comment was sarcasm, most of that was directed to other comments. I do believe you just might find a few Wooly Mammoths wandering in the far north Yukon territories, I knew that Toronto was downtown in Canada, and that no other cities exist, I watched the Murdoch Mysteries.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 9:44 am

About your Canadian "skeeters" in Texas we often confuse them for B-52 bombers.

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 2:21 pm
LOL! Great Blazing Saddles flashback!!!!! A RepubliCON's worst nightmare - a black sherrif with a gun!!!:) But remember..No Irish!;)

Kit B (276)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 9:11 pm

I thought of the same thing when I first read this, Yvonne - great minds.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 2:37 pm
What if he is shooting? He is not hunting, anyone can know how to use a gun....

marie C (163)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 5:15 pm
Can not send a green star to Kit as Have done so in the last week
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