In a video put out by The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, the organization takes a commercial by Congressman John Barrow (D-GA), in which he was endorsed by the National Rifle Association, and paints the congressman as though his views and even he himself is responsible for the shooting that took place in Newtown, Connecticut. This is the same John Barrow who stood and said that congressional representatives shouldn’t be getting a raise.
Barrow introduces himself and immediately there is news footage splashed across the screen of the events of December 14, 2012.
The ad shows a Smith and Wesson revolver that his grandfather always used and a rifle that his father “had real handy” and the clip replays, for effect, several times as he cycles the bolt action rifle.
All the while, news footage continually interrupts Barrow’s comments, even as he says that he is “proud to be endorsed by the NRA.”
A clip then is displayed with NRA vice president Wayne LaPierre stating “Our Founding Fathers understood that the guys with the guns make the rules.”
The ad then shifts back to Barrows who says, “I approved this message because these are my guns now (referring to those that belonged to his grandfather and father) and they ain’t nobody gonna take ’em away.”
Then the real blast against Barrow comes on screen, “Shame on you, Congressman John Barrow.” The ad then calls on those viewing to “Tell Congressman John Barrow to reject NRA Blood Money.”
Not only does the ad imply that Barrow is culpable, but I think that last line makes it abundantly clear that The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is saying that the blood of those killed at Newtown is on the NRA, and by definition, it’s member’s hands.
Here’s the original ad, notice that Barrow puts forth the Smith & Wesson of his grandfather was used to stop a lynching. He also said that his father kept the rifle real handy, just to keep his family safe.
Perhaps we should call TCSGV and let them know that it is their views and the political gun control freaks that are responsible for making public schools a shooting gallery where criminals can enter and never fear being shot themselves by anyone as they carry out their murders among those most defenseless among us. This has to be one of the most shameless commercial ads I’ve seen next to the Obama campaign ad where it was claimed that GOP nominee Mitt Romney was responsible for the death of a man’s wife who died of cancer.
Here’s their contact info:
1424 L Street NW, Suite 2-1
Washington, DC 20005