Katie Pavlich

As I wrote earlier, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg just dumped $12 million into an ad campaign in different states around the country to push for more gun control. The first two ads push for the criminalization of private firearms transfers and are titled, "Responsible" and "Family." Ironically, as Emily Miller points out, the ads show a "hunter" violating three main rules of gun safety.

Mike Bloomberg is spending $12 million on attack ads designed to force U.S. senators to vote for national gun control laws that will supposedly save lives. However, the New York mayor’s commercials running in 13 states over the next two weeks could cause injury or death by showcasing irresponsible handling of a firearm.

Mr. Bloomberg’s organization, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, produced two ads featuring a man holding a shotgun, wearing plaid flannel with a camouflage cap and sitting on the tailgate of a pickup truck. While a child swings on a tire in the background, the man says, “I support comprehensive background checks so criminals and the dangerously mentally ill can’t buy guns.”

The ad does not specify if the man is an actor, but he violates all three gun safety rules taught by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The first rule is to always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. In this case, the children are playing in the yard. Although the viewers can’t see what is to the side of the truck, the man should be pointing the muzzle in the air or at the ground.  

The second NRA rule is always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

In the ad “Responsibility,” the man has his finger on the trigger, as if ready to shoot. While doing this, he says, “I believe in the Second Amendment, and I’ll fight to protect it. But with rights come responsibilities.”  To make an ad demonstrating actual gun responsibility, the man would put a straight forefinger above the trigger guard to make sure he doesn’t accidentally touch the trigger.

The third NRA safety rule is always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. This means a situation in which the gun is available for immediate use — such as when hunting and a deer could step out at any time or when the firearm is safely stored but ready for quick self-defense as needed.

So let's review what we've seen so far and the bad advice we've been given in this call for more gun control:

-Joe Biden telling women to defend themselves by just "blowing two blasts" from a shotgun out the front door (which will get you arrested)

-Colorado Democrat Jessie Uliberri telling an audience to use a ballpoint pen against a madman wielding a gun

-That AR-15s are harder to shoot than shotguns

-Democrat Evie Hudak telling rape survivor Amanda Collins that she couldn't have prevented being raped with a gun, despite Collins being trained to handle a firearm in self-defense

-CNN's Piers Morgan calling an AR-15 an "AT-15"

-Etc.

Moral of the story? These gun grabbers just don't know what the hell they are talking about.


Katie Pavlich

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