The below is why you need to vet any ads that come out on television. In this case, a misinformation campaign is being waged in Montana, where Democratic Senate candidate Steve Bullock is running against incumbent Senator Steve Daines (R-MT).
According to the National Rifle Association and Breitbart News, gun owners in the state of Montana have been inundated with a number of false claims this election season. In one case, a group that uses the name Montana Hunters & Anglers Leadership Fund has been claiming in advertising that Bullock is “strong on guns.”
The NRA notes that the group is being funded by a San Francisco Bay area megadonor, and is trying to disguise Bullock’s true record on firearms. Montana is a state which is being targeted by Democrats, who are trying to regain control of the Senate. We urge you to contact your connections in Montana and tell them not to fall for Bullock’s lies.
The NRA says that in 2018, Bullock had in fact expressed support for a ban on most commonly owned semi-automatic firearms, as well as magazines which hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
In talking about his support of such a ban, Bullock said:
“When I view an assault weapons ban, it’s sort of military, semiautomatic, typically removable clips (ugh), a magazine of 10 or more—it’s like the AR-15s.”
In an article in the Great Falls Tribune¸ the then-governor stood by comments which he had made about banning some semi-automatic weapons in order to “curtail gun violence.”
At the time, Bullock was considering a run for president and during an interview on CNN, he voiced support for a weapons ban.
However, after receiving pushback, he clarified his position, saying that he would not take guns away from law-abiding gun owners and wouldn’t ban semiautomatic weapons that are “conventionally” used by hunters.
Bullock claimed that gun violence should be treated as a “public health crisis,” and that he wanted to discuss restrictions that would make school children and communities safer.
Some of the proposals he backed included universal background checks, preventing so-called “straw purchases” of weapons, banning bump stocks, and implementing so-called “red flag” laws, which would allow police to seize weapons without a warrant.
At the time of his statement, the NRA slammed Bullock. Amy Hunter, spokeswoman for the gun rights group, said that Bullock was bending to the gun control lobby and dismissing the constitutional rights of his constituents in Montana, many of them gun-rights supporters.
“By doubling down on his support for a ban on commonly owned rifles, Gov. Bullock proved beyond any doubt how out-of-touch he is with Montana voters,” Hunter said.
Bullock’s proposals are unconstitutional, the NRA claims, noting that the Heller decision recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court which made it clear that the Second Amendment protects ownership of firearms “in common use at the time” for “lawful purposes like self-defense.”
According to the NRA, the firearms industry estimates that there are more than 17.5 million semi-automatic rifles owned by Americans, with the AR-15 being the most popular rifle in the U.S.
This, the organization claims, means that the weapon is “indisputably ‘in common use’” and therefore protected by the Second Amendment under the auspices of Heller.
Likewise, the NRA says, there are hundreds of millions of magazines (not clips) which are capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition owned by law-abiding citizens.
The group says that most of the most popular rifles and handguns are “designed to sue, and come equipped with, these ubiquitous magazines.”
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So pervasive are AR-15’s and magazines that they were in fact included in the deceptive advertising. They note the ad shows someone purporting to be a gun owner bragging about his gun collection, then show him handling a Glock pistol.
Of course, Glocks, a semi-automatic pistol, come standard with the magazines which Bullock is seeking to ban in his proposed legislation from 2018. The firearm itself could possible be banned under Bullock’s past statements.
Daines told Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle that the NRA “gave me an A+ rating by them, and of course I’m endorsed by them. Bullock received an F.”
“You’ve got to work hard to get an F rating,” Daines said. “Bullock was on CNN with Jake Tapper a year ago and he called for the ban on semi-automatic guns. No, I think about Montanans, their jaws dropped.”
It is not surprising, the NRA says, that the organization which is putting out the deceptive ads shows their unfamiliarity with firearms, noting that the organization has no ties to hunters or anglers in the state.
Citing information obtained from the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), it lists a San Francisco Bay area left-wing activist, Karla Jurvetson as the group’s sole donor.
According to donor records, they show that Jurvetson has spent tens of millions of dollars on left-wing political causes, including MoveOn.org, the Democratic Party of Arizona, Senate Majority PAC, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, among others.
In 2018, she held an event which featured former President Barack Obama at her home in Los Altos, California. Tickets to the event went for a cool $10,000. Want to take a picture with Obama? That would set you back $35,500, while a so-called VIP package went for ten times that, $355,500.
This is going on nationwide. Money is pouring in from out of state trying to flip Republican Senate seats to Democrat, as well as Republican Congressional seats. It is important to find out who the “man behind the curtain is.”
Daines, speaking of Bullock continued:
“He is anti-gun, he’ll be right there in Schumer’s pocket, and that is why you’ve got to stop him and send me back to the United States Senate.”
He then asked rhetorically, “What part of ‘Shall not be infringed’ do the liberals not understand?”
Kudos to the National Rifle Association for finding out exactly who this bogus Montana “Sportsmen’s” group is, and who is funding it.
There is a reason they are trying to get a Senate majority. Taken in concert with a possible Biden win, the Second Amendment will be the first thing to go.
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