06/17/2013 05:59 pm ET

Obama Water Gun Tweet Draws Backlash From Conservatives

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.

Conservatives feigned outrage that Obama was using a water gun, while hitting him for his stance on gun issues.

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.


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