A lighthearted Father's Day tweet featuring a photo of President Barack Obama and his daughter playing with toy water guns prompted significant backlash from conservatives over the weekend.
— The White House (@whitehouse) June 15, 2013
Conservatives feigned outrage that Obama was using a water gun, while hitting him for his stance on gun issues.
— John Winkler (@JohnLWinkler) June 16, 2013
In February, an offhand comment by Obama about how he goes skeet shooting "all the time" also attracted outrage from critics. The White House eventually released a photo of the president skeet shooting at Camp David.
In recent months, students have been disciplined for behavior such as pretending to shoot a classmate by gesturing with his hands, chewing a pastry into the shape of a gun and bringing Nerf guns to class at the permission of a teacher.