PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s U.S. Rep. David Cicilline is asking supporters to criticize the National Rifle Association for running an ad bringing President Barack Obama’s daughters into the gun-control debate.
Cicilline on Saturday sent an email asking supporters to sign an online petition pressing the NRA to withdraw the TV ad, which accused the president of being a hypocrite for allowing his daughters to be protected by armed Secret Service agents but not embracing armed guards for schools.
Cicilline says the NRA hit a new low when they started running ad that personally attack the president and uses his daughters to do it.
Cicilline says the NRA doesn’t want to have a serious discussion about strengthening efforts to prevent gun violence and they want to drag things into the gutter.
Online: Petition asking the NRA to withdraw the ad: http://cicilline.com/nra/index.cfm