Courtesy of Politico:
The National Rifle Association’s new spot is aimed at people who are already afraid, and hammers Hillary Clinton for wanting to leave them defenseless.
The gun rights group said it’s spending $5 million to run the spot on national cable and on regional stations in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.
The ad does not mention Donald Trump, who the group endorsed in May. But it does dovetail with messages that both he and the NRA have delivered before, casting Clinton as an elitist who would take away individuals’ guns while benefiting from armed protection herself.
The ad, called “Nightstand,” shows a woman, alone in bed, awakened in the night by an intruder. She dashes for a landline phone, and a gun stored in a safe. But it fades away before she can grab it.
A narrator says the average 911 response time is 11 minutes.
“Hillary Clinton would take away her right to self defense, and with Supreme Court justices, Hillary can,” the narrator says. “Don’t let Hillary leave you protected with nothing but a phone.”
Yeah if this woman owned a good dog and even a mediocre security system the burglars would likely have either passed by her house completely, or run away at the sound of a barking dog or high pitched alarm. (My alarm is so goddamn loud I can't even think straight enough to call the company to turn it off much less burgle a house.)
As for those statistics here are some other statistics to chew on:
This is also a nation in which, in 2012, there were 1.2 million violent crimes, defined as murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Or, put another way, 1.2 million scenarios in which there was potential for someone to kill in self-defense.
Oh, and match those 259 justifiable homicides with the theft of about 232,000 guns each year, about 172,000 of them during burglaries. That’s a ratio of one justifiable homicide for every 896 guns put in the hands of criminals.
Those 259 justifiable homicides also pale compared with, in the same year, 8,342 criminal homicides using guns, 20,666 suicides with guns, and 548 fatal unintentional shootings, according to the FBI’s Supplemental Homicide Report. The ratio for 2012, per the Violence Policy Center, was one justifiable killing for every 32 murders, suicides or accidental deaths (the ratio increases to 38-1 over the five-year period ending in 2012). That’s a heavy price to pay.
If you have a gun in your house the odds are far better that it will be used during a domestic dispute to injure or kill a member of your own family, stolen by a thief, or used by a suicidal family member to take their own life, than to be used to protect the home.
But none of that really even matters because Hillary Clinton does NOT want to take guns away from law abiding citizens.
As I laid out on Monday, all Clinton wants to do is expand background checks, push for comprehensive background check legislation, which would include banning all domestic abusers or the severely mentally ill from buying or possessing gun, implement “no fly, no buy” policies, which would prohibit people on terror watch lists from gaining access to guns, close loopholes that allow people to purchase weapons at gun shows without going through a background check, and repeal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act so that negligent gun manufacturers could be sued for selling a faulty and dangerous product.
So which one of those policy ideas would keep that woman from having a gun in her safe?
That's right, none of them.