When Michael Bloomberg isn’t running around NYC slapping large sodas out of people’s hands, he’s spending millions of dollars in 13 states on TV ads like this:
What an authentically rural fellow. Look, he’s wearing a plaid shirt and a camo cap. And he’s got an unironic beard, and some sort of accent that’s obviously not from either coast. Most importantly, he’s holding a gun. So I definitely believe him when he says:
“For me, guns are for hunting and protecting my family. I believe in the Second Amendment, and I’ll fight to protect it. But with rights come responsibilities. That’s why I support comprehensive background checks, so criminals and the dangerously mentally ill can’t buy guns. That protects my rights and my family.”
Yeah, it’s a Bloomberg ad, so you can safely ignore everything this guy said before the word “But.”
And as Emily Miller at the Washington Times points out, it’s obvious that this guy and everybody else involved in the production of the ads have no idea how to handle guns:
The ad does not specify if the man is an actor, but the text accompanying it says he is a “gun owner.” Either way, the man 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…
The second NRA rule is always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot…
The third NRA safety rule is always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use…
In the ad called “Family,” the man says that, “My dad taught me to hunt, and I’ll teach my kids. I’ve owned a gun all my life, and I’ll fight for my right to keep it.”
While saying this, he holds the pump-action shotgun with the action (bolt) closed, so it is impossible to know if it is loaded. To make this a demonstration of safety, the bolt would be wide open to demonstrate that it is unloaded.
A man who grew up hunting would know that by holding a shotgun straight horizontal, with the action closed and his finger on the trigger, he is committing all three cardinal sins of gun safety.
Oh, those crazy gun nuts and their “gun safety rules.” Just shut up and do what Bloomberg says, you dumb hayseeds.
Other than those minor issues, the ads are entirely credible. Nothing to worry about, red-state Dems.
As the redoubtable Mary Katharine Ham puts it: “Forgive me if I don’t feel like giving up my rights as a law-abiding citizen to a billionaire mayor who can’t instruct his recruits to keep their booger hooks off the bang switch.” Damn. Remind me never to get MKH ticked off at me…
Of course, as Jim Carrey pointed out, both Emily and Mary Katharine are only interested in guns to compensate for the size of their penises.
P.S. In related news: Gun store rescinds Mark Kelly’s rifle purchase, questions his “intent.”