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White House posts picture of Obama skeet-shooting

  • The White House released a picture of Barack Obama skeet-shooting on Saturday in a bid to settle a row over whether the president had fired a gun before.

    Obama recently told the The New Republic magazine: "Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time."

    The photo, dated August 4, 2012, shows Obama wearing ear defenders and aiming a shotgun that has a smoking barrel.

    The interview, carried in the magazine's February 11 issue, quotes Obama as saying: "I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations. And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake. Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas. And if you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were 10, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family's traditions, you can see why you'd be pretty protective of that.

    "So it's trying to bridge those gaps that I think is going to be part of the biggest task over the next several months. And that means that advocates of gun control have to do a little more listening than they do sometimes.”

    Obama’s comments come after he proposed sweeping measures on gun control, including a renewed ban on assault rifles and wider background checks, last month.

    The announcement came a month after the December 14 shooting of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Connecticut.