Days before Obama’s Minneapolis visit, gun pic makes headlines

Jessica Lee

Days before President Barack Obama sets off for Minneapolis to advocate against gun violence, the White House released a photo of him shooting a rifle.

After the Obama stated in an interview that he occasionally participates in skeet shooting, conservative critics asked for evidence of the recreational shooting endeavors.

"President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012," said the picture's caption. The photo shows Obama holding the gun against his left shoulder as smoke comes out the barrel.

According to a report by the Star Tribune, the National Rifle Association scoffed at the photo.

"One picture does not erase a lifetime of supporting every gun ban and every gun-control scheme imaginable," said Andrew Arulanandam, the organization's spokesman.

Obama's Minneapolis trip will be the first stop in his mobilized, cross-country mission of pitching his ideas about curbing gun violence. 

According to a report by The Washington Post, the city will be studied by the Obama administration due to it's response to a spike in gun violence.

The agenda of the visit is still disclosed. Some say it will be a closed door, roundtable discussion, that is not open to the public. 

"The group will meet at the Minneapolis Police Department's Special Operations Center at 4115 N. Dupont Av., in the midst of a neighborhood traumatized by abundant illegal guns," according to a report by the Star Tribune.

Obama is expected to discuss gun control, as well economic and immigration reform, in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Feb. 12.