Republished from the Sno-Isle 9/12 website:
This week saw the beginning of a new media blitz campaign by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to bully lawmakers into passing stronger gun control laws. Of course, anyone following the news is familiar with the ways that Mayor Bloomberg tries to infringe on individual liberty to promote his view of how we should live, but did you know that this new media campaign is backed by his Mayors Against Illegal Guns group? This group claims to have more than 300 mayors from cities across America that support the anti-2nd Amendment positions of Mayor Bloomberg.
The first TV ad features a man we are supposed to believe is a hunter somewhere in rural America, sitting on the tailgate of his pickup truck, and holding a shotgun. The NRA has been quick to point out, as have many others, that this alleged gun proponent in the ad violates at least two of the three fundamental rules of safe gun handling: he is pointing the shotgun toward children (or at least in their general direction, we don't really know who is off-screen, but we see his kids) and he has his finger on the trigger. Of course, with the bolt closed we can't tell if the shotgun is loaded, but anyone who has gone through safety training knows, there is no such thing as an unloaded firearm. There is a lot of speculation that this alleged mid-American hunter is nothing more than a New York actor who has most likely never held a gun before and yet professes to speak for the many millions of Americans who legally own and safely use guns.
©Sno-Isle 9/12 Project - Todd Phillips - 2013