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NRA fires back at Obama gun control proposals

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Pres. Barack Obama. Pres. Barack Obama.
A screen shot of a video game app released by the NRA on Tuesday. A screen shot of a video game app released by the NRA on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (WNEM + AP) -

President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled sweeping proposals in an attempt to curb gun violence in the wake of a school shooting in Connecticut.

Obama is pressing a reluctant Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

A month after the shooting, Obama also used his presidential powers to enact 23 measures that don't require the backing of lawmakers.

In response, the National Rifle Association issued this statement:

Throughout its history, the National Rifle Association has led efforts to promote safety and responsible gun ownership.  Keeping our children and society safe remains our top priority.

The NRA will continue to focus on keeping our children safe and securing our schools, fixing our broken mental health system, and prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law.  We look forward to working with Congress on a bi-partisan basis to find real solutions to protecting America's most valuable asset – our children.

Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation.  Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy.

Meanwhile, the NRA released a new commercial calling President Obama an "elitist hypocrite" for being resistant in the placement of armed guards in schools when his daughters have U.S. Secret Service protection at theirs.

"Are the president's kids more important than yours?" a narrator asks. "Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their schools? Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but he's just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security."

The 35-second ad, released Tuesday night, is being aired on the Sportsman Channel and is also posted on the NRA's "Stand and Fight" website.

Copyright 2013 WNEM (Meredith Corporation).  All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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