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NRA ad slams Obama family as president unveils gun plan

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

As President Obama used his executive power to order 23 changes in federal gun policy Wednesday, the National Rifle Association attacked him with a new video, which labeled him a hypocritical elitist.

SEE: Obama unveils $500M package to curb gun violence

It's one more sign of how intense the political battle over the President's gun control proposals will be.

The NRA's new attack video does something very rare, even in the current, super-heated environment. It uses President Obama's two daughters and their tax-paid security to make a political point.

"Are the President's kids more important than yours?" the ad asks. "Then, why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools, when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school?"

The NRA posted the video shortly before Wednesday's White House event.

Using his executive power, the president ordered 23 changes in federal gun policy, costing an estimated half-billion dollars. States and federal agencies get new incentives to share information with those who check backgrounds of gun buyers. Ditto for health professionals who may have concerns about their patients; and, responding to an NRA demand, researchers were ordered to "explore the impact of violent media...and video games" on gun violence.

"We're gonna need voices in those areas and those congressional districts where the tradition of gun ownership is strong to speak up and to say this is important," the president said.

Among those at the White House ceremony were children who'd written the president letters about the gun issue--as well as Chicago's Congressman Mike Quigley. Long an outspoken advocate of gun control, he claimed the NRA made a serious mistake with its new video.

"I don't think it gets much lower or more disgusting to bring the president's family into this matter," Quigley says.

Newt Gingrich and others have urged House Republicans to hold hearings on the president's proposals in his home town, focusing on Chicago's rising murder rate, despite its strict anti-gun laws.

"I get attacked by the NRA. That's the nature of this business," says Superintendent Garry McCarthy. "I take it. Let's talk about facts. The fact is we can prevent these things from happening with practical gun laws."

Superintendent McCarthy told FOX 32's Mike Flannery that he wants to testify at any congressional gun hearings in Chicago.

Former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich used a series of tweets to mock the president's plan. He called Chicago "America's murder capital" and the ideal place for gun control opponents to make their case.

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