"Are the president's kids more important than yours?" the narrator ponders sonorously. "Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school?" I suppose I shouldn't have expected any more out of the National Rifle Association's recent ad on national TV. There are folks who will sink to any low while trying to make their point. The NRA team hate President Barack Obama. I guess they should. He is, after all, a "socialist" who is out to take their guns away from them. They can't sit in the same room with the guy without getting hives. They have no desire whatsoever to find any "common ground" with the president, although it is evident there is, in fact, common ground. Oh well. But here's the thing. When it comes to plinking, sniping, or just taking cheap shots at politicians, do you really need to focus on their kids? Is that how the "manly" NRA crew feel they can best make their point? "Are the president's kids more important than yours?" No. No they are not. "Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school?" For the same reason I and millions of Americans are "skeptical" about the harebrained idea of putting armed guards in classrooms. But, let me just point a little something out. The stupid " ...when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school" tidbit? Just for your edification, this isn't the first president who has had his kids, wife, and other family members protected by the Secret Service. Not by a\u00a0 long shot. EVERY presidential kid has been protected by the Secret Service since the creation of the service. C'mon, NRA. C'mon. Is this the best your PR people could do? Fact is, the president doesn't even have a choice in the matter. His girls get the protection whether they, or he and his wife, want it or not. And it's pretty obvious why this is so. President Obama's kids are probably a lot more interesting target for the loons running around this country than are kids in ...just about anywhere else. So, back off. You wanna take a cheap shot at the president, have at it. Your insipid and more often than not stupid comments are protected by the same Bill of Rights as is your highly touted, (and too often misunderstood), Right to Bear Arms. But for decency sake, leave his kids out of it, and don't give anyone any more stupid ideas than you already have. I find it amazingly interesting that when a Republican politician has something said about their family or kids, the world turns upside down. Back in the day, Rudy Giuliani begged the press to "leave my family alone." "I love my family very, very much and will do anything for them. There are complexities in every family in America," Giuliani said when asked a question about his daughter during a campaign. "The best thing I can say is kind of, 'leave my family alone, just like I'll leave your family alone." Then there was The Divine Sarah. Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin famously trotted her family out on stage any time it could possibly benefit her, but when things got sticky and folks took some shots at the kids Palin went on the offensive against news organizations she claimed were attacking her family in order to get at her. Even the national crazy man Glenn Beck came to her aid saying "Leave my family, leave people's families alone...When it was Bill Clinton, you don't go after Chelsea Clinton. You don't talk about the Bush kids. ...You leave the families alone." Then, one day later, Beck went on a half hour bender making fun of Malia Obama. Heck, back in 1998 John McCain told a joke about Chelsea Clinton during a open-to-the-public Nevada political gathering. "Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?" he asked. (I won't be the one to provide you with the answer.) Really, John? That's the type of thing you say about a teenage girl who can't even defend herself? Big man! But back to the point ... "Are the president's kids more important than yours?" No. Not to me. But I certainly am not so stupid as to not understand why they are given Secret Service protection, while my kids going to Evart High School weren't. And if we are talking "skeptical" well, I'm skeptical. I wonder, for example, if there is anyone with any common sense in the NRA whatsoever. If there were, they wouldn't be spending money on moronic advertisements such as the one the have running now.