After an Obama gun photo went viral this morning, gun-control advocates are starting to wonder whether releasing the now-famous, skeet-shooting photo was a good idea as the president works to pass sweeping assault-weapons bans.

The photo, which was released by the White House on Friday, was circulated after hunters questioned Obama's admission that he enjoys "the tradition of hunting." Since the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14, President Obama has been been tirelessly working to pass new gun-control legislation, while simultaneously attempting to appease the NRA and its supporters. Skeptics say it's impossible to do both, questioning why the president would even try to ingratiate himself with pro-gun lobbies that so oppose his agenda.

In an interview with The New Republic that was published on Jan. 27 Obama was asked whether he has ever tried firing a gun. His answer was simple. "Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," he told The New Republic. "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."

The National Rifle Association, which has 4.3 million members, has been far from supportive of the new gun-control legislation the president is proposing. Critics of the Fairfax, Va.-based association, have been looking for support from the organization since the Newtown shooting. But instead many feel the NRA's push to put more guns in schools - supposedly in an effort to protect our children - has been insulting at best.

Demands to increase gun-control regulation became deafening in December, with tens of thousands of U.S. citizens flocking to the White House's website to sign petitions. "Today IS the day," began a petition submitted by Chris C. of Joshua Tree, Calif., through the White House's "We the People" platform.

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"Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress, read another, which almost immediately gained the 25,000 signatures necessary for a White House response.

Yet Newtown residents felt the NRA's official statement was insufficient. "The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters - and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown," the organization said in a statement. "The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."

"The time to talk about [new legislation] should have been after the last shooting or the shooting before that," Representative Carolyn McCarthy, Democrat of New York, who came to the House after her husband was killed in a mass shooting, said in December.

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Gun-control advocates like McCarthy believe that President Obama heard the clarion call this time. "We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news, I react not as a president, but as anybody else would as a parent," the president said in a press conference today. "And that was especially true today. I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do."

"As a country, we have been through this too many times," he continued later in the speech. "Whether it is an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our children. And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."

Below is a list of the 23 executive actions that Obama wants to take:

1. "Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system."

2. "Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system."

3. "Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system."

4. "Direct the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks."

5. "Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun."

6. "Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers."

7. "Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign."

8. "Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission)."

9. "Issue a presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations."

10. "Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement."

11. "Nominate an ATF director."

12. "Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations."

13. "Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime."

14. "Issue a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence."

15. "Direct the attorney general to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies."

16. "Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes."

17. "Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities."

18. "Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers."

19. "Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education."

20. "Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover."

21. "Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges."

22. "Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations."

23. "Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health."