ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Jon Ossoff, the Democratic challenger to Georgia Senator David Perdue, has been running pro-gun ads focusing on Republican voters in his Senate bid.
The Senate hopeful, however, received an “F” by the National Rifle Association (NRA) for his support of a semi-automatic rifle ban.
Ossoff has been running dueling ads since September. Both ads open with the candidate dressed the same and saying, “Nothing is more important than keeping Georgians safe.”
Pajama Boy Ossoff(D) Tells Voters He'll Defend Second Amendment By BANNING Your Gunshttps://t.co/4hxxi5uPVn
"The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund gave Ossoff an "F" rating for his stance on gun control."
— Lying Dog Faced Pony Soldier ن (@BarrysStrawman) October 2, 2020
In both ads, he says he does not support defunding law enforcement. Similarly, both advertisements end with Ossoff saying he will “rebuild trust between communities and law enforcement.”
However, in one ad, Ossoff claims he supports the Second Amendment, while in the other he drops the issue completely. The second ad, which is airing in more liberal regions like Atlanta’s metropolitan area, removed the promise to “defend our Second Amendment.”
Dem. Jon Ossoff: Ban Sales of Semi-Automatic Rifles, ‘High Cap‘ Mags
"On his campaign website Ossoff says, 'I support a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles (“assault weapons”) and high-capacity magazines to the general public.'"
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) November 11, 2020
Sen. Purdue reacted to the “pro-Second Amendment” advertisements being run by his opponent’s campaign:
“[Ossoff] thinks he can get away with telling metro Atlanta one thing while telling the rest of the state the exact opposite. This just proves he’ll do or say anything to hide his radical socialist agenda from the people of Georgia.”
Senate candidate Jon Ossoff-D-GA, is campaigning on a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles & high capacity magazines.
On his campaign website Ossoff says, “I support a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles (“assault weapons”) & high-capacity magazines 2 the general public”
— Ric Paul (@ric4100) November 11, 2020
During the election on Nov. 3, neither candidate received a required 50 percent of the vote, sending the race to a runoff contest in January. The outcome of this Georgia race and a Georgia Senate race between Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler will decide control of the United States Senate.
On his own campaign website, electjon.com, Ossoff supports a semi-automatic weapons ban:
“I support a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles (‘assault weapons’) and high-capacity magazines to the general public.”
Ossoff’s policy position continues:
“Americans who would purchase high-powered weapons derived from modern military technology should be required to demonstrate high qualification and compelling specific needs.”
The two competing ads include support for law enforcement, but one deletes any mention of the Second Amendment.
Below is the Advertisement showing support for the Second Amendment:
Below is the Advertisement deleting support for the Second Amendment:
Although calling semi-automatic weapons “assault weapons,” the two are not interchangeable. An automatic, or assault rifle, can fire more than one round when you pull the trigger. A machine gun is an example of an automatic weapon.
A semi-automatic weapon fires only one round per trigger pull. Common semi-automatic rifles include the popular AR-15. The AR-15 style rifle is a lightweight semi-automatic rifle that has been called “America’s rifle” by the NRA.
The constant gun violence in America is intolerable — and preventable.
On Sunday, 8-year-old Secoriea Turner was shot to death in Atlanta.
Georgia unites in grief and support for her family.
We need peace. We need sensible gun laws.
Nonviolence is the way.
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) July 7, 2020
Sen. Purdue told the Washington Free Beacon:
“The people of Georgia want a senator who stands by their convictions, whether they’re speaking to folks in Fulton County or Tift County, but Jon Ossoff seems to have a problem when it comes to telling them the truth.”
Fulton County is a liberal county covering Atlanta. Tift County is a more conservative county in rural southern Georgia.
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Endorsing Sen. Purdue over Ossoff in the Senate race, the NRA’s Senatorial Committee spokesperson Paige Lindgren said:
“This has become too typical of lying liberal Jon Ossoff, as he is now trying to cover up his radical anti-Second Amendment record from Georgians.
“His false claims and lies about protecting the Second Amendment are an effort to pander to one audience in part of the state while appeasing his base in another.”
If you want to hold the GOP Senate Majority and don't want to go over the edge to the socialist abyss, Georgia is where we have to #HoldTheLine.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 9, 2020
When asked about his stance on gun control, Ossoff indicated he supports the constitutional right to bear arms, but he also supports the government deciding who is not “reckless“ enough to own a firearm:
“If you are a responsible person without a criminal history, and you know how to safely own and operate a firearm, you should be permitted to do so. That is your constitutional right.
“We can improve the laws on the books to ensure that those criteria are met so folks who are criminals, folks with serious mental health issues, or folks who are going to be reckless in the management of those weapons don’t have access to them.”
If elected, Ossoff would join the liberal agenda pushing for a ban on “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines.
The media’s president-elect Joe Biden supports these bans:
“It’s long past time we take action to end the scourge of gun violence in America. As president, I’ll ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, implement universal background checks, and enact other common-sense reforms to end our gun violence epidemic.”
It’s long past time we take action to end the scourge of gun violence in America.
As president, I’ll ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, implement universal background checks, and enact other common-sense reforms to end our gun violence epidemic.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 1, 2020
President Donald Trump made his gun control stance clear when former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for the repeal of the Second Amendment in 2018:
“The Second Amendment will never be repealed!
“As much as Democrats would like to see this happen, and despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY”
THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED! As much as Democrats would like to see this happen, and despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY. We need more Republicans in 2018 and must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2018
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearm industry trade association, explains that the “modern sporting rifle” describes the popular semi-automatic rifle designs, including the AR-15 and similar designs.
The NSSF said:
“These rifles are used by hunters, competitors, a lot of Americans seeking home-defense guns, and by many others who simply enjoy going to the range.”
The NSSF said that the main reason semi-automatic firearms are misunderstood is political:
“The central reason these firearms are misunderstood is political. Though the semiautomatic design used in today’s pistols, rifles, and shotguns was invented in the late-nineteenth century and was popularly sold to consumers in America and Europe in the early twentieth century, the modern sporting rifle has been called a ‘weapon of war’ by those who want to ban them.”
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