The National Rifle Association (NRA) launched a new ad campaign this week in an effort to energize its base to vote against Hillary Clinton. According to USA Today, the ad buy was about $3 million and was in addition to $6 million previously spent in pro-Trump ads. The televised ad spot is targeted to the battleground states of Nevada, Pennsylvania, Ohio and North Carolina.
The ad campaign began the same day that Donald Trump ignited controversy over his remarks regarding Clinton and the Second Amendment that some interpreted as a veiled threat to Ms. Clinton. The Trump campaign has denied that the comments were a personal threat to Clinton. Time described the ad: The ad begins with a Clinton actor walking onto a private jet.
“She’s one of the wealthiest women in politics. Combined income: $30 million,” a narrator says. “Tours the world on private jets. Protected by armed guard for 30 years. But she doesn’t believe in your right to keep a gun at home for self-defense. An out-of-touch hypocrite,” the narrator continues. “She’d leave you defenseless.” — Time.com
NRA supports Trump
The NRA has a long history of supporting Republican candidates and is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the country. The organization is on record as endorsing Donald Trump. Trump has said that Clinton “wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment.” However, Politifact.com has found no evidence that Hillary has ever stated that she favors a complete repeal of the Second Amendment (which refers to the right to bear arms).
"I believe we can have common-sense gun-safety measures consistent with the Second Amendment. So I think it's important to recognize that reasonable people can say, as I do, responsible gun owners have a right. I have no objection to that. But the rest of the American public has a right to require certain kinds of regularity, responsible actions to protect everyone else". — Hillary Clinton – ABC News This Week
Polls show Americans favor stricter gun control laws
Clinton is on record numerous times in calling for stricter gun control laws. When the 1994 law banning assault weapons that was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton sunsetted in 2004, Hillary Clinton was outspoken in favor of Congress renewing the ban. However, that effort failed. In the wake of mass shootings and terrorist attacks in the U.S. over the past few years, the issue of banning assault weapons has become a hot political issue in the 2016 campaign. In a CNN/ORC poll released in June 2016 people favored “stricter gun control laws” by a margin of 55% to 42%. The 2016 survey marked a change from October 2015 when the majority then opposed stricter gun control laws (52% to 46 %.)