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Yep, Barack Obama occasionally licks off shots from a rifle. Yesterday, the White House released a photo of the POTUS shooting at clay targets at Camp David. 

In the pic, Obama is seen wearing headphones and wearing sunglasses while aiming down the barrel of a rifle shotgun and shooting at clay targets. From the smoke coming off the muzzle it seems like he just shot a round. The photo was taken by Ed Souza at Camp David’s range and is dated August 4, 2012 but was just released to the public on Saturday, February 2.

It’s no coincidence that the image was just revealed since in an interview with The New Republic released earlier this week, Obama spoke about gun control and the respect he holds for U.S. hunting traditions.

FF: Have you ever fired a gun?

Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.

FF: The whole family?

Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. And I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations. And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake.

Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas. And if you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were ten, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family’s traditions, you can see why you’d be pretty protective of that.

So it’s trying to bridge those gaps that I think is going to be part of the biggest task over the next several months. And that means that advocates of gun control have to do a little more listening than they do sometimes.

Tomorrow in Minneapolis, Obama will be speaking about his gun control proposals, which the NRA has scoffed at, naturally.

Check out the photo of Obama aiming and firing on the next page. Politics as usual.

Photo: The White House

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