The National Rifle Association -- a widely popular organization among the American electorate, despite being one of the Left's most loathed betes noires -- is out with an emotionally-impactful television ad in support of Donald Trump and opposing Hillary Clinton. It features the true story of a young woman named Kristi McMains, who fought off a knife-wielding attacker in a parking garage with her handgun, possibly saving her life. She frames the Second Amendment as women's rights issue, criticizing Hillary Clinton for seeking to restrict those rights. This spot is airing in "Ohio, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia, as well as national cable," according to Politico. The total ad buy is worth $6.5 million. Watch:
As part of her lurch to the hard left, Mrs. Clinton has stepped up her support for gun control after attacking Barack Obama from the right on the issue in 2008. Hillary defenders may object that the Democratic nominee hasn't proposed a ban on handguns like the one Kristi used to defend herself. That's somewhat true, although Clinton has spoken favorably about Australian's confiscatory, comprehensive anti-gun laws. She is also likely to nominate judges who are inclined to throw out landmark decisions affirming the individual constitutional right to bear arms. Liberals rarely discuss handguns when advancing gun control measures, even though those models are used in the vast, vast majority of gun crime. Why? The American people are overwhelmingly opposed to such restrictions. In the Vice Presidential debate on Tuesday, Sen. Tim Kaine offered up several pieces of shallow sophistry in defense of abortion rights. One of his arguments was pressing Mike Pence on why he doesn't "trust women" to make the decision for themselves. The answer, as Ramesh Ponnuru ably explains, is that that "choice" involves the life of a separate human being. Plus, polling often shows that women are at least as likely -- and often more likely -- than men to support abortion restrictions. Does Kaine not "trust" the majority of women who support such measures?
In any case, let's apply his argument to the gun debate, which does not definitionally involve the proposition of stopping a human heart. Our founding document guarantees all citizens the right to own guns. Why don't Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine trust women to exercise that freedom responsibly? It seems Mrs. Clinton is more concerned with manipulating interviews to seem more "relatable" to members of her gender. A hacked internal campaign memo appears to reveal that Team Clinton worked assiduously to steer and shape a chat show interview between Steve Harvey and their candidate. One of the soft balls they helped orchestrate pertained to -- you guessed it -- gun control. Via the Free Beacon:
Talk show host Steve Harvey provided Hillary Clinton’s campaign with the exact questions he would ask of Clinton during a February interview, according to an internal campaign memo sent a week before the interview and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon...The memo, sent to Clinton on Feb. 17, 2016, by campaign spokeswoman Karen Finney and communications aide Betsaida Alcantara, was attached to an email posted on the website DCLeaks.com by hackers suspected of acting in concert with the Russian government. One of the individuals behind the website provided the Free Beacon with a password to access that email and others sent to and from Clinton volunteer Beanca Nicholson, who was doing advance work for a campaign swing through Chicago that included the Harvey interview. The campaign memo reveals that Clinton’s staff worked with Harvey to craft the structure of the interview, and briefed the Democratic presidential nominee ahead of time on the precise wording of Harvey’s questions. The questions touched on Clinton’s granddaughter, her preference for deep dish or thin crust pizza, her campaign’s “great start,” efforts to bridge America’s racial divide, and her support for gun control policies. According to the memo, Clinton’s staff saw Harvey’s show as an effective and low-risk way to reach out to female and African American voters.
She knew what was coming because her team arranged for it. Now watch as she pretends to be surprised by elements of the segment they planted:
The campaign and the show’s producers also agreed ahead of time on the structure of a segment that would explore Clinton’s biography and achievements. “During this segment Steve will take a trip down memory lane with YOU to talk about the different moments of YOUR life displayed in the photographs below,” the memo explained photos of Clinton that Harvey pulled up on screen as she discussed her childhood, education, relationship with her husband, and election to the U.S. Senate. Clinton feigned surprise throughout the interview. “Oh boy. Oh my goodness,” she exclaimed as Harvey displayed a photo of her at 12 years old.