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Watch: Even Fox Host Slams NRA

'You really think that the president's children are the same kind of target as every other school child in America?' asked Fox host Chris Wallace.

Fox News host Chris Wallace.
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In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, the National Rifle Association ran a much-criticized ad highlighting the fact that Barack Obama’s children have armed guards in their school. And yesterday, NRA head Wayne LaPierre heard the criticism straight to his face, from an unlikely source: a Fox News host.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace called out LaPierre on the ad yesterday in an interview. Wallace ran a clip of the ad, which attacked President Obama for not supporting the NRA’s proposal to have armed guards in every single school.

Wallace asked LaPierre if he regrets running the ad, and told LaPierre that Obama’s children “face a threat that most children do not face.” LaPierre then shot back and said: “Tell that to the people in Newtown.”

Wallace’s response to that was to say: “You really think that the president's children are the same kind of target as every other school child in America? That's ridiculous and you know it, sir.”

Wallace then criticized the NRA’s plan for armed guards in every school by pointing out the fact that people go to many places without armed security, like movie theaters and malls. LaPierre then said that the solution was to enforce the gun laws already on the books--a claim that has been repeated ad nauseum by gun advocates since the Newtown shooting.

And Wallace also went after the NRA’s “class argument” in the ad, which pointed out that the rich and elite have armed guards. After LaPierre said “Mayor Bloomberg has it,” referring to armed security, Wallace said: “I’ll tell you who someone else has security: you do.”

Watch the clip here, via Talking Points Memo:


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Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.