The National Rifle Association on Sunday issued a fierce response to Michael Bloomberg’s misleading gun control ad that aired during the Super Bowl.
The misleading ad claimed that 2,900 children die from gun violence every year. However, as Washington Free Beacon reporter Stephen Gutowski noted, almost half of those “children” are actually adults ages 18 and 19. In fact, the ad merely cites misleading data from Bloomberg’s gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety.
In response, the NRA issued an ad of its own blasting Bloomberg’s gun control push. The ad includes direct responses from numerous Second Amendment supporters.
“As the mother of a 3-year-old little boy, my family means everything to me. As a woman, I believe that the best way to protect my family is with a firearm. And Michael Bloomberg will never take that right away from me,” one woman says. “I’m the gun lobby and I am not afraid of Michael Bloomberg. Mike, come and take it.”
“It’s very important to me to keep my home secure and that is why there is a gun on the left side of my bed and the right side. Mr. Bloomberg, your home is protected by armed guards at all times. Why can’t I exercise my Second Amendment rights to protect mine? I am not afraid of Michael Bloomberg,” another woman says.
“Mike Bloomberg suggests that disarming minority males like myself will keep us alive. But I have news for you: Mike Bloomberg is a white billionaire who has no place in telling me how I can defend myself or my loved ones,” one man says. “And Mike, as an African-American male that you want to disarm, I promise you will never take away my Second Amendment. I am not afraid of Mike Bloomberg.”
“As a woman, it’s important that I’m able to defend myself. As a mother, I would like to pass that on to my daughter so that she knows she never has to be defenseless. Mike Bloomberg, think about the women in your life. Are you okay with the fact that your policies could leave them defenseless?” another woman says. “Michael Bloomberg will never take that right away my right to defend myself. I am not afraid of Michael Bloomberg.”
In an official statement, the NRA told Fox News: “It is regrettable but not surprising that salient facts didn’t make the ad. Bloomberg cherry-picked aspects of the story to push his agenda. Bloomberg pushes for confiscation of guns and stripping regular Americans of our right to self-defense while he enjoys armed security 24/7. He sees America as his kingdom, and the rest of us as his peasants.”
Despite the pushback, Bloomberg campaign spokeswoman Julie Wood defended the ad.
“Ask any grieving parent whose 18- or 19-year-old son or daughter was shot and killed, and they will tell you they lost a child,” she said. “There are simply too many of these deaths, and Mike has a plan to prevent them with common-sense gun safety laws.”