The Virginia-based firearms advocacy group that published an image this week depicting a rifle pointed at President Barack Obama’s head, attached a letter by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), responded to Raw story’s reporting on Friday by turning the rifle around and pointing it at the Kentucky Republican instead.
“A silly story, and an even sillier concern, as no violence was intended nor implied,” Dudley Brown, executive vice president of The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR), told Raw Story in an email. “However, we changed the direction the rifle points. Hopefully, the Senator won’t object now.”
It’s not clear if Sen. Paul asked the group to change their image, and his spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.
The campaign is just the latest NAGR to feature Paul’s face and signature. As a candidate, Paul was largely ignored by the more rank-and-file Republicans with the National Rifle Association (NRA), but NAGR championed his campaign, endorsing Paul before any other politician in the last election cycle. He’s returned the favor too, appearing in previous fundraising emails for the group.
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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