Nothing like a hot bowl of skeet for breakfast

| January 28, 2013

Breitbart says that President Obama is pushing the story that he’s a gun fan because he shoots skeet at Camp David. So, you know, he’s just like the rest of us. The interview was in The New Republic;

FF: Have you ever fired a gun?

Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.

FF: The whole family?

Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. And 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 ten, 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.

Yeah, gun control advocates are so good at listening aren’t they? Look at Adam Kokesh’s video below for the listening example.

I do a little skeet shooting myself. Old Trooper and TSO saw me dominate the Hillbilly Hunt Club shoot out last year. But it’s the first time I’ve done that in more than 30 years. Shooting skeet isn’t much of a gun sport actually – it’s standing there while someone throws a target for you (I’m sure that Camp David has a machine for that, though). Once you figure out the mechanics of it, shooting skeet is easy – easier than shooting at a bird.

But, then, I doubt that Obama has shot any skeet, anyway. We would have seen photos by now if he had. He’s just trying to assuage our fears by chumming up to us with his shared experience.

Category: Barack Obama/Joe Biden, Guns

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  1. Hondo says:

    I concur, Jonn. Until I see photos and/or see some withness corroboration, I’m doubting this claim also. The current POTUS simply doesn’t strike me as a “skeet” kinda guy. And like you, I suspect we’d have seen photos by now if he’d ever given it a shot (intentional pun).

  2. USMCE8Ret says:

    “He’s just trying to assuage our fears by chumming up to us with his shared experience.”

    Rest assured, there is NOTHING this President can relate to with me, so it’s perplexing to my why he’s even bothering to align himself with people he has already alienated.

  3. Dave says:

    Tell me again what the second amendment has to do with hunting and skeet shouting……

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    I’m supposed to believe this story “I shoot skeet at Camp David”? He actually did something himself? He didn’t delegate the actual shoot to someone?

    I’m supposed to believe that. Okay. Sure. Whatever.

    And the part about going to Camp David, too?

  5. WOTN says:

    While, I generally agree with the article Jonn, I have to point out that what you describe is shooting clay pigeons, not skeet. (It’s akin to the difference between clips and magazines.)

    Skeet is a specific, regulated shooting match, where the shooter stands on specific spots, while the target (clay pigeons) are mechanically thrown at specific velocities, from 2 towers (high house/low house). The shooter moves in a counter clockwise manner, shooting either one or two targets with each “pull,” until he has been presented a total of 25 targets. EVERY skeet course is supposed to be set up with such precision that there is no variation between any two courses.

    The result is that a well practiced and skilled skeet shooter can often shoot 98 or 99 targets out of 100, (4 courses of fire on the field). And there are shooters that can complete the course of fire blind-folded, or with a single barrel shotgun (reloading for the second target).

    Related shooting sports include trap and sporting clays. Trap targets are always thrown away from the shooter, but not on a designated path. (again, 25 targets in a course of fire).

    Sporting clays is the most challenging of the 3, and the newest. (50 targets) I have at times described it as a hybrid of golf & shooting, as one walks through a series of stations, and is presented with a wide variety of targets (thrown straight up, bouncing across the ground, nearly straight towards you, or directly away, etc.)

    If I remember correctly, skeet was used by the Army in WWII to train AA gunners, and bomber machine gunners, to track and shoot down moving targets, prior to the live fire on drones. It would also be a good practice for sniper candidates for the moving target range.

    As a point of interest, there have been published complaints about the inhumane killing of “clay pigeons,” by the PETA types, by those evil shotgunners.

    There are a great number of shooters that hit 24 out of 25 in skeet/trap, but the goal of perfection keeps them coming back and interested. It can be addictive. There are few that come close to perfection in sporting clays, which by regulations must regularly be changed up, so that shooters don’t get complacent with target presentation.

  6. OWB says:

    Well, isn’t that just too, too special. Uh-huh.

    So what? You and yours do not need to defend yourselves as the rest of us plebians do. You have armed thugs protecting you.

    Oh, the irony. On so many levels.

  7. rb325th says:

    2nd Amendment has nothing to do with sporting events or hunting…. So I could care less if he did competitive shooting events either.

  8. Arby says:

    The first lie is that he has spent any significant amount of time at Camp David.

  9. Ex-PH2 says:

    Here’s an article — I think the actual interview — in which da prez says he’s fired a gun. Note also, he would have definite second thoughts about letting a son play football because it is such a violent and dangerous sport.

  10. MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) says:

    @ 3 Dave … Have you ever heard of “The Planet of the Apes”. There is your answer!

    We need to arm ourselves only because of animals and well … hunting. So stay with me now.

    The 2nd Ammendment is all about hunting, ask Feinstein, Obama, Biden, Cuomo, and Bloomberg.

    Therefore, if we are to keep our guns, we must develop a new strategery in order to justify our rights.

    I am all in with “The Planet of the Apes” threat.


  11. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Guests of obamaman shooting anything other than billiards at Camp David? Oh, I believe that. Hey, if it’s true, maybe he’ll invite Dick Cheney to join them one day.

  12. Twist says:

    @11, I’d rather go hunting with Dick Cheney than go for a ride with Ted Kennedy.

  13. Old Trooper says:

    @5: Trust, me, Jonn was shooting skeet, because the clays were coming out high, low, against the barn (TSO), and anywhere else they could go and he was standing in designated spots that varied from time to time. As a witness to this, I can say that Jonn absolutely destroyed it.

    As for Obama, he would wet his diaper just holding a shotgun, let alone firing it.

  14. UpNorth says:

    “Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time”. Um, no, if you ever picked up a shotgun and actually pulled the trigger while shooting skeet, most folks would say, “we(I) shoot skeet”. However, for the D.C. metrosexual, they would “do” coffee, or “do” dinner.
    As others have said, the 2nd Amendment isn’t about hunting, or shooting sports.

  15. USMCE8Ret says:

    Agreed that the 2d Amendment is not about hunting or sport-shooting.

    When the Bill of Rights was penned, it was largely assumed that hunting was a normal part of life during that time, particularly since hunting was the main method for folks to sustain themselves in order to provide meat for their families. (There weren’t too many meat markets around, obviously.) The Founding Fathers knew this, which is the reason why the Bill of Rights is silent on the matter.

    Common sense seems to have prevailed back then… but fast forward some 230 years later, not so much.

  16. WOTN says:

    Until the end of his natural born days, the future ex-President need not ever worry about his own self-defense. In his post-presidential days, he will always have an armed and trained protection force, (which he’ll probably charge rent, like the Clintons do), from the premiere protection force in the world. That force will be armed with all of the weapons which he and Finestain hope to ban ownership to the commoners.

    With that in mind, I asked myself, how would we(I) react if he attempted to be less hypocritical, and rid himself of those armed security professionals? I’d call him an idealistic idiot, but as importantly, the Secret Service would tell him that it isn’t his choice, just as they told him it was no longer his choice to use an unencrypted iPhone.

    The Constitution does not state that the POTUS has no choice in his own protection, yet, he does not. The American People have an implicit right to political stability, i.e. to the protection of the POTUS from assassination.

    Similarly, he has no choice in the protection of the 2nd Amendment. He may not like that he is protected by men with scary looking ACTUAL (automatic) assault weapons, high capacity magazined pistols, and long range sniper rifles, but he does not have the right to end that protection. He may not like that the people have a right to bear arms, but he does not have an option to infringe on that right.

    And the ONLY differences are that one (2nd Amendment) binds him and every other politician, while the other is based in the implicit duties of the Secret Service. AND that one is not being defended by those politicians while the other is not being questioned, by anyone.

  17. AW1 Tim says:

    Skeet = Golf in Obamaspeak.

    Just sayin’……. 🙂

  18. Joe Williams says:

    His skeet scores are like his collge scores, we will never know the true scores of either. Joe

  19. NHSparky says:

    If he ever had, he would have had a photo op in order to “prove” it. Maybe he and soon-to-be SecState Kerry can go and adopt some phony accent and “get me one of them thar huntin licenses.”

    Just once I’d like to see these asshats get asked, “Do you have your hunter safety course card? No? Then GTFO.”

  20. Devtun says:

    This were a Republican it would be Skeetgate. Yeah, Emperor Obozo got mocked and needled a little bit by the press, but it’ll blow over and be forgotten…MSM back to regular business as the Obama Protection Society.

  21. A_Proud_Infidel says:

    Does B. Hussein 0bama have any time to even learn how to load and handle a firearm in between his fundraisers, vacations, and golf outings? We’re talking about a metrosexual POTUS that rides a bicycle wearing a helmet and running shoes!

  22. B Woodman says:

    Maybe Obaomao and Kerry can team up and go hunting together sometime soon.
    Both fakers, posers and political hacks. They’d have a great time together. John and Boathouse Barry.

    Not sure if they’d want to invite Chaney (who’s a better shot then both of them combined – at least Chaney’s hit something in his life, even it’s just a lawyer).