Ad equates lawmaker's pro-gun position with Sandy Hook
Fair play or misleading spot?
- Duration 11:09
- Date Jan 18, 2013
Fair play or misleading spot?
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As the -- debate rages on Washington we are getting an eye opening look at how one anti gun group is hoping to win support in congress.
Our story starts with Georgia congressman John Barrow he's a Democrat from Georgia.
And part of his reelection message was about his support for the Second Amendment here is one of his TV ads.
I'm John Barrow and long before I was born my grandfather used this little Smith and weighs in here to help stop a lynch and and for as long as I can remember my father always had this rifle real handy.
Just to keep -- safe.
That's why I support the Second Amendment and that's why I'm proud to be endorsed from the -- all right.
-- -- this message because these are my guns now.
-- nobody don't take them away.
Now check out the spot just put out by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence released on Wednesday.
And how they use and very selective editing to reshape the message.
From John Barrow.
I'm John Barrow breaking news announcement of shooting at a school and a long before I was born and twenty children children children targeted.
My grandfather used this little Smith & -- here beautiful kids between the ages of five and ten years old and for as long as I can remember.
My father always had this -- real handy.
Or he came and we are told with at least three weapons multiple weapons and begins a -- -- so horrible and that's why I'm proudly endorsed that you know all right.
Our founding fathers understood then that guys with the guns make the rules.
-- dismiss -- because these -- my -- now.
And he nobody don't take away.
Joining me now to discuss it Mark Hanna.
Former aide to John Kerry and Barack Obama's presidential campaigns and Tony say -- national political correspondent for talk radio news service.
I actually also make TV ads for a living Meghann and obviously sometimes you become creative license but -- particular -- Two things bother me the most number one the images of sandy hook so soon.
After that tragedy we know what we felt that day it sticks with every American has a heart -- we don't need to have manipulated and -- -- By anti gun groups who are really kind of now trying to guilt people into a position that we have a right to question which is how much do you restrict and limit.
The Second Amendment that's number one number two.
The words they omitted and the music the editor the back ran -- are important he said my grandfather had this gone to stop a lynching.
My father had this rifle to protect our family.
These were real good causes and reasons to have -- gone and they create this impression.
But he's just some sort of cowboy who misuses his or abusers rather his Second Amendment right I think it's really irresponsible it's very troubling that this is the tempo now.
For this whole debate if you rightfully own a gun if you believe the Second Amendment.
He's somehow are complicit earned -- various person and you're complicit with the -- sandy -- massacre it's really ridiculous mark.
-- -- I don't think anybody cares why John barrows grandfather used that both Smith & Wesson nobody's trying to take away John Barrow his grandfather Smith & Wesson or trying to get rid of our guns that don't that aren't constitutionally protected by the Second Amendment these are guns like assault weapons that you know the cup that.
The major point of confusion here is that people think that the Second Amendment protects a right to bear arms now what defines -- or you know what is arms.
It does include -- is does it include rocket aren't really not all arms -- -- record is focused for and so and hopefully the people part of this campaign is that the DC group also thinks it doesn't include arms and you know contain thirty clips and a magazine making you know put twenty you know.
Eleven bullets and a second grader that these don't these guns that this this campaign is advocating against our guns -- -- long.
On the battlefield -- belong in the hands of our soldiers -- that our citizens' hands not in schools.
And I don't think any reasonable person with would disagree with that I don't think this is a Democrat or Republican issue doesn't matter that -- is a Democrat.
75% all Americans believe would.
And and they clearly don't care that he's a Democrat existing democratic coalition they don't care as they left leaning coalition it's.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence comprised of 48 member organizations including the liberal lobbying group Americans for democratic action the pro -- -- labor union United Federation of Teachers.
The National Urban League services.
-- blue on blue first that this had -- you know what this does Tuesday -- this kind of liberal canard that the NRA is somehow a wholesale subsidiary of the Republican Party much like labor unions are for the Democratic Party they're not.
Need 20% of the senate Democrats are either -- -- -- or B rating from the NRA including Harry Reid you have seven thought that yeah they're trying to get right have the right now for president Obama's that he can't get the senate Democrats -- -- legislation is so groups that support president Obama's gun control push.
Are putting ads like this on on Democrat which hosts a show you that.
The president while having a moment to unify this country after a horrific tragedy and I have talked about this in the past and and very effective way I think people are at the table -- comprehensive reform.
Let's discuss all things that will make our children and society safer.
The president comes up with a plan that not even members of his own party can support I don't think.
Don't know I think the price of -- unhappiness -- -- of his own pocket of his own party don't support -- the vast majority of members -- yes are there Democrats that are beholden to the gun -- how -- But yeah -- already -- there a ton of Democrats though not a -- -- there is a small set of Democrats that are absolutely beholden to the influence of the gun lobby and that's why they you know.
These groups think that NRA is -- nefarious as it is is because it's taking I mean.
Most of NRA's members don't even agree with them when it comes to a common sense gun legislation so I think the issue here.
Is where the mainstream of America and you mentioned the evocative images of of sandy hook.
It's important that we remember those images it's important that every -- monthly and it's and it's important that every man I've -- per person in our society remembers the -- they felt.
What they thought on that day and if this ad is powerful in making that those those those memories hundred billion of conjuring up those memories again I don't think that that's a bad.
Thing -- in the White House has not even made the claim that any of these 23 executive orders or what the president and Joseph Biden are recommending would have stopped sandy -- -- to create this impression.
That this congressman is against laws that could've prevented sandy hook I think also.
Is equally disturbing and misleading number one number two Rahm -- -- now mayor of Chicago former chief of staff to the president.
When he was the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Actively had a strategy in 2006.
To recruit pro gun Democrats so they could retake.
The house and guess what they were successful the president had a policy his whole first term do not touch the issue of gun control which is why he got an -- from the Brady campaign.
There unfortunately rushing to a moment where there is certainly momentum to have this conversation but they're making conclusions that I think the majority of Americans.
Don't necessarily agree with -- about the implications of that.
Add all of them -- because it does make it look what this John Barrow is all in favor of another shooter like Adam lands are getting his hands on what every once and shooting up the school and is it fair for them to interspersed.
An ad by a pro NRA pro gun democratic politician.
With images of new tell white and they used images of of the shooter or you know something stick to the event -- -- wanna remind us of Newtown and not put some.
You know democratic lawmaker actions to back gun rights -- -- The reason that.
Add that John -- put out is so offensive to many Democrats isn't because he's saying he's supporting -- Second Amendment who doesn't support the Second Amendment right it because it.
Sort of politicize is almost -- sizes gun guns the way he you know you see his facial expressions you see him holding that.
There's always some sort of badge of courage when really what it is it's cowardice it's cowardice he's battling for the gun lobby there.
Meanwhile genuinely love discussing -- -- -- -- interesting because we've been talking with this about that with Chris -- while you may have read Andrea he's from West Virginia and he says there -- a difference between how.
We city folk.
See guns he knew we have experience of -- in urban centers and they're gonna be used against us sure.
And how do you know and sort of mainstream America in the heartland seize guns which is how this guy sees it which is notes that family -- it's been passed down and -- I don't see is like get an effort -- -- let you know what I think.
And there -- good radio but -- any updates and the response to that is nobody again is trying to take away.
His traditional you know hunting rifle when.
When the shooter in Newtown and went to steal his mother's guns she had to traditional hunting rifles no he got the semiautomatic rifle and two semiautomatic pistols that she had.
Legally purchased mostly because of the you know lobbying efforts in and sort of culture of -- gun acceptance -- semi automatic -- -- going anywhere but in the -- but the Heller -- the -- they were so little so rattled off thirty rounds assault weapons that rattle off thirty rounds without having to route now that you're if you're if you're a -- that is not -- all right -- and they I don't care if it's inconvenient for you to have to go when you're taking target practice to have to put in -- new -- -- -- Clinton doesn't -- Whenever process that -- of Florida you know that -- gun.
Have been talking about this just the most recent example because it helps people who -- in this world understand.
Who had a home intruder command -- hitter kids in the crawl space she called her husband called 91 of the -- found on -- crawl space.
He opens the door she she fire six shots and she hit -- with five he's still common matter and he leaves he drives his car he still standing.
And saying that's what they say that's why they need more than just like seven.
Bullet magazine they need and that's why they say they want more but that but you know there's debate on that and the reality is many states do have limits your New York, New -- announced seven below seven plus ten so yeah you're not talking about except that we had -- -- -- OS-X and would rather and Connecticut by the way let's remind everyone -- -- I think the fourth strictest gun laws in the entire -- -- in Connecticut one.
A little marijuana in the crawl space the -- and I.
Tollway you look he here's the issue Barack Obama has two years and his first term of total control of this congress -- never touched the gun issue.
Because he knew that it is now becoming.
A lot more acceptable to protect the Second Amendment even among Democrats you Steve that in Heidi hand clamped.
The senator from North Dakota Democrat come -- and say this -- a -- -- mark -- a senator from Alaska coming -- Democrats think.
Hey this is not -- -- Max Baucus Montana.
-- from Arkansas you have very long very Rihanna crest pro gun barrel lower and he's been very tepid and how he's response and an inside look at an inside our opinion is swinging ground right now we'll see whether values and what we'll see whether that's done support of a bit in the gun you know lobby is going to didn't have a public opinion also -- about the present when he ran through health care and and there was obviously a lot of people against that now to to take these polls that.
Granted are in the wake of the tragedy that compels all -- bus to the table to really be open minded about reform.
I don't think it's gonna really be what ultimately dictates an even a lot of these polls look at the most recent Gallup.
Only 4% of Americans -- gun control is a top issue and even among those who do.
Nearly had a majority say they want an assault weapons -- what they want is safety in our schools.
-- comprehensive addressing of.
Mental health issues violence in our culture and entertainment media and a real conversation not need certain actually that aren't really get an apparent right break coming up all the party it.
He would have them for gun control as a top issue to the parents of the victims in Newtown and the parents of victims of gun violence everywhere.
That's like Ronald Reagan was on the side of the assault weapons -- and that's why you know passes and -- and I got a lot of angels coming up so.