NRA launches ad campaign this week targeting red-state Senate Dems

posted at 3:21 pm on February 20, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Had enough of a break from the 2012 election cycle?  If not, too bad — because 2014′s cycle starts tomorrow.  According to Roll Call’s David Drucker, the NRA will roll out full-page newspaper ads in red states represented by Democrats in the Senate in an effort to stop an assault-weapon ban from proceeding:

The National Rifle Association will launch a print advertising campaign targeting mostly Democratic senators up for re-election in 2014, according to sources close to the group.

On Thursday, full-page ads are scheduled to run in local newspapers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina and West Virginia. They will be supplemented by digital advertising in these states and 10 others, including Alaska, Colorado, Montana, New Hampshire and South Dakota. …

The campaign is estimated to cost north of $375,000, sources said. The NRA’s newspaper ads will run in three states with Democratic incumbents up in 2014: Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina. In West Virginia, Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller is retiring, but the race to replace him is competitive.

Well, the West Virginia placement probably has as much to do with Joe Manchin as it does the open seat Rockefeller will leave with his retirement.  Manchin started off by sounding open to an assault-weapons ban, but quickly changed his tune after visiting with constituents who wanted to know what he’d been drinking in Washington.  Manchin shifted his efforts to expanding background checks, an effort that has broad support with voters, if not the NRA’s leadership, especially since we don’t have time to follow up on current background checks, according to Joe Biden.  Consider the West Virginia placement a handy reminder for Manchin to stay in line.

The NRA’s efforts will be bipartisan, too.  They will place ads in Maine, where Susan Collins comes up for re-election in 2014.  Collins is considered a no vote on the AWB already, though, and her newly-elected independent colleague Angus King has already said he opposes it.  So why spend the money?  They’re worried that the background-check expansion will include universal gun registration and/or confiscation:

Expect the ads to hit these points heavily.

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They’re worried that the background-check expansion will include universal gun registration and/or confiscation

as if it’s not a fact. Explain how you can do a background check between to private parties that doesn’t include registration.

SirGawain on February 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

*two

SirGawain on February 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

It won’t shift the needle. The genie is out of the bottle: once Obama team discovered they can steal elections with impunity, they’ll win every race that doesn’t have a double-digit handicap. Between same-day registration, computerized voting, urban ballot stuffing, and hostile media, the GOP can spend zillions on advertising and still lose.

Archivarix on February 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

I like it, but the NRA has to connect the dots better on the gun registration issue. Most people don’t know why gun registration is dangerous, and think of it as being pretty innocuous, akin to car registration.

Gun registration is dangerous because it’s the first step on the slippery slope to gun confiscation. That’s how gun confiscation worked in England and Australia: once the government had a master list of legal gun owners, it knew whose doors to knock on to confiscate the guns… But you have to make argument clearly, and this ad doesn’t even attempt to.

Outlander on February 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM

But you have to make argument clearly, and this ad doesn’t even attempt to.

Outlander on February 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Between ads that educate and ads that propagandize, all politicians have an amazing fondness for the latter sort. The day conservative will own a network on their own that spends at least 20-30% of screen time on education in civics, economics, and history will be the day they will start retaking the country.

Archivarix on February 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM

The genie is out of the bottle: once Obama team discovered they can steal elections with impunity, they’ll win every race that doesn’t have a double-digit handicap. Between same-day registration, computerized voting, urban ballot stuffing, and hostile media, the GOP can spend zillions on advertising and still lose.

Archivarix on February 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

The combination of motor voter, same-day registration, and early voting have really helped improve Democratic turnout numbers. It’s not hard to run vans out to black neighborhoods and union halls (and other places unionized employees gather) and load them up with people to register & vote early.

Sure there’s fraud, but not enough to shift the margin of victory in most of the battleground states Obama won.

We’d be better served researching ways to use all these voter tools to enhance our own turnout.

Outlander on February 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM

…g o o d..!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Explain how you can do a background check between two private parties that doesn’t include registration.

SirGawain on February 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Very simple: you enact a statute that forbids the sale of guns without the seller running a background check. But that statute would be difficult to enforce without gun registration.

All that said, since when have any of these gun control laws actually been about public safety? They’re really just methods to burden gun ownership and stigmatize gun owners.

Outlander on February 20, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Outlander on February 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM
That’s how gun confiscation worked in England and Australia: once the government had a master list of legal gun owners, it knew whose doors to knock on to confiscate the guns…

Yes, once in place, just benignly knocking on a door in a neighbourhood looks inoccuous, esp if it isn’t a cop doing so, which may alert the neighbours that ‘somthing’ is going down etc…

But say a TSA agent, no one would make the connection really, and so they would go from door to door confiscating your weapons…

1 door, 1 street, 1 neighbourhood at a time…

It won’t become a ‘hell on earth’ scenario…

People will meekly give them up, just as they did in the UK and Aus.

Scrumpy on February 20, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Funny they won’t allow ops to do a background check on suspected illegal aliens but they will allow them on legal citizens…? Resist, refuse, revolt!

devan95 on February 20, 2013 at 3:46 PM

As if it’s not a fact. Explain how you can do a background check between to private parties that doesn’t include registration.

SirGawain on February 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

You can’t – but the gun grabbers are okay with that.

Fact is Universal Gun Registration means you need the government’s permission to exercise a basic civil right.

Given that the purpose of the Constitution and the 2nd amendment being a restraint on government would it make any sense to have the government in control of it’s own restraints?

Would it make any sense for the government to have absolute power?

Galt2009 on February 20, 2013 at 3:47 PM

I like the effort that the NRA puts forth, but if they start pushing stronger on the mental health issue, then hopefully they know that mental health issues are or will be defined by the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare). I don’t believe that it would take a leap of faith to believe these standards could be manipulated in the governments favor. In regards to gun registration this already takes place. At least in Texas. Anytime you purchase a firearm, a background check is run before you can take possession of the weapon. Is this not gun registration?

DDay on February 20, 2013 at 3:47 PM

The way to sway voters is years before they vote…that’s what the liberals have done. Trashed us with “global warming”, conservatives don’t care about most everything including Bambi…

Start now bashing the libs, and be consistent for years…eventually people will accept anything if told to them often enough.

right2bright on February 20, 2013 at 3:50 PM

It won’t become a ‘hell on earth’ scenario…

People will meekly give them up, just as they did in the UK and Aus.

Scrumpy on February 20, 2013 at 3:41 PM

I dunno. Used to also feel that way, but, this thing has a different feel to it now. It won’t take many gunfight incidents during confiscation to set it off, and communications are instantaneous nowdays. Obama has people really on edge. I just don’t think it would happen for a while, perhaps even after he’s out of office.

a capella on February 20, 2013 at 3:51 PM

The genie is out of the bottle: once Obama team discovered they can steal elections with impunity, they’ll win every race that doesn’t have a double-digit handicap. Between same-day registration, computerized voting, urban ballot stuffing, and hostile media, the GOP can spend zillions on advertising and still lose.

Archivarix on February 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Because we wait until elections to campaign…libs campaign constantly.

right2bright on February 20, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Outlander on February 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Barry also Lied through his teeth that he wasn’t going to go after guns.

We all knew that – but he was able to fool enough people help him over the top.

Galt2009 on February 20, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Government has no business compiling a list of legal gun owners. It is none of their d*mn business. What is their purpose if they don’t plan to confiscate?

I mean, why don’t they have a master list of refrigerator owners? Spear owners? iPhone owners?

LetsBfrank on February 20, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Minnesota Inside Baseball – note to Ed:

What’s the GOP=Whigs plan for getting Franken to go on the record about this? The Strib & others will soft-ball it and under-report it.

I suspect he is anti-gun in his soul and will parse and skate on this unless his feet are held directly and consistently to the fire.

Or have the GOP=Whigs given up on contesting this seat?

Bruno Strozek on February 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM

At least in Texas. Anytime you purchase a firearm, a background check is run before you can take possession of the weapon. Is this not gun registration?

DDay on February 20, 2013 at 3:47 PM

I think you’re partially right. I hadn’t purchased a gun in a store in a few years and went in to add to my stash recently. Sho’ nuff they would not run the back ground check until I made my selection to buy so I assumed they put the serial number somewhere on the application. But they told me that back ground check was good for 90 days so maybe I ought to go see what happens.

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Obama ignores DOJ researchers who conclude assault weapons ban won’t cut gun violence
http://washingtonexaminer.com/doj-researchers-conclude-assault-weapons-ban-wont-cut-gun-violence/article/2521839

Justice Department researchers have concluded that an assault weapons ban is “unlikely to have an effect on gun violence,” but President Obama has not accepted their report as his administration’s official position.

Colbyjack on February 20, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Sure there’s fraud, but not enough to shift the margin of victory in most of the battleground states Obama won.

We’d be better served researching ways to use all these voter tools to enhance our own turnout.

Outlander on February 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM

I applaud your naivete. While illegals, double-voters, and fake registrations may account for a tiny fraction of the votes, it can definitely swing 3-5 House seats (poster case: Raul Grijalva). Urban ballot stuffing can easily turn a Senate race or two upside down (see Washington and Minnesota). As for computerized voting and tallying, it can pretty much throw *any* race, including the general election. Note that for the latter, race margin doesn’t matter at all – you just need a few push polls (ask Nate Silver how) that are preloaded into the tallying computer. Voila, you win the elections *and* promote the polling org.

Archivarix on February 20, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Chicago Police Chief: Second Amendment Is A Danger To Public Safety
http://www.redstate.com/dloesch/2013/02/17/chicago-police-chief-second-amendment-is-a-danger-to-public-safety/

Chicago’s embattled police superintendent dug himself deeper into a pit of controversy today by claiming that lawful firearm owners are agents of political corruption. Appearing on a Chicago Sunday morning talk show, superintendent Garry McCarthy expressed his conviction that firearm owners who lobby their elected representatives or who donate money to political campaigns are engaged in corruption that endangers public safety. McCarthy went on to express his belief that judges and legislators should rely on public opinion polls when interpreting our Constitution.

Colbyjack on February 20, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Is this not gun registration?

DDay on February 20, 2013 at 3:47 PM

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM

BATF Form 4473, ain’t new.

cozmo on February 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM

It would be faster, cheaper and easier to simply declare the New Confederacy then put up a razor wire fence and minefield to keep anyone north of the Ohio and Potomac rivers out.

viking01 on February 20, 2013 at 4:05 PM

At least in Texas. Anytime you purchase a firearm, a background check is run before you can take possession of the weapon. Is this not gun registration?

DDay on February 20, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Only if you are buying from a dealer with a FFL. Local and private sales do not require a background check….at least right now. At least this is the way it is in most states and I can’t believe Texas is more stringent in that regard.

a capella on February 20, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Scrumpy on February 20, 2013 at 3:41 PM

I live in a black district in Houston and the well dressed, moon eyed, bible carrying Saturday morning brigade is out two times a month. They ring the doorbell and have no compunction about talking about anything. About half the time it is some effort of witnessing and the other times it seems more current event oriented. The gun control brigade has already been around (came on the Sunday after Obama sent out his e-mail marching orders a couple of weeks ago).

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 4:09 PM

They’re worried that the background-check expansion will include universal gun registration and/or confiscation:

Don’t own any or claim to know anyone that owns any,like me.

docflash on February 20, 2013 at 4:10 PM

They better target some traitorous Republican’s as well.

Mr. Arrogant on February 20, 2013 at 4:11 PM

I like the effort that the NRA puts forth, but if they start pushing stronger on the mental health issue, then hopefully they know that mental health issues are or will be defined by the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare).

The criteria to make the Poor Mental Health Bogey Man list will be a moving goal post subject to the politics of the day. Today it’s defined as those who have threatened to kill themselves or others. Tomorrow it’s someone who has been treated for simple depression. And once you make the list, do you ever get off of it?

Then how long then until the Master List is used to screen for employment, higher education, government programs, and bank loans etc.? Or, let’s say you’re accused of a crime completely unrelated to weaponry. But government has been awarded the right to check The List and the prosecution finds you on The List. It might not technically make a difference but think about a jury and how they might view that. It’s tantamount to having a record without you having committed a crime.

The NRA should stay away from mental health issues. It’s a trap. But I guess they, along with everyone else, wants to be seen as *doing something.*

LetsBfrank on February 20, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Learn how to grip and shoot a gun like a gansta:

Matt Steele Outdoors (3) Shooting Grip Essentials

Progs give ganstas a pass on owning guns so, obviously, we all need to learn to grip our guns like them and they’ll leave us alone.

Resist We Much on February 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM

BATF Form 4473, ain’t new.

cozmo on February 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM

so I guess the 90 day comment only applies to the particular store I purchased at and is merely a record they retain for that amount of time? I do not recall filling that form out on the previous purchase I made at Academy but that may have been 8 years ago or so.

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 4:18 PM

BATF Form 4473, ain’t new.

cozmo on February 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Sure looks like gun registration to me.

DDay on February 20, 2013 at 4:18 PM

I applaud your naivete. While illegals, double-voters, and fake registrations may account for a tiny fraction of the votes, it can definitely swing 3-5 House seats (poster case: Raul Grijalva). Urban ballot stuffing can easily turn a Senate race or two upside down (see Washington and Minnesota). As for computerized voting and tallying, it can pretty much throw *any* race, including the general election. Note that for the latter, race margin doesn’t matter at all – you just need a few push polls (ask Nate Silver how) that are preloaded into the tallying computer. Voila, you win the elections *and* promote the polling org.

Archivarix on February 20, 2013 at 4:01 PM

I was just talking about the 2012 Presidential race. You are right that election misconduct and fraud can and has influenced the outcome of a number of down-ballot races.

I disagree about electronic vote tallying. Most states have robust processes to prevent fraud in electronic vote tallying systems. In my state (Ohio), all vote-tallying software and hardware has to be certified by both Republicans and Democrats and cleared to zero before vote counting begins. In addition, the electronic vote totals are trial-audited against the paper ballots to validate the count.

The difference in the level of security applied to vote-counting vs. vote-casting is really extraordinary to watch. The reason is that both Democrats and Republicans fear the other will tamper with the vote count. Thus, both sides have an incentive to protect the integrity of the count. But only Republicans fear voter fraud; Democrats know Republicans don’t engage in voter fraud and therefore benefit by having insecure voting systems.

As an honest person and a lawyer, it sickens me to even think this way, but I bet all that would change if Republicans ever started stealing elections, too. If a major Democrat ever lost a close race due to Republican voter fraud, I bet that all the lawsuits and the histrionics over voter ID and voter registration laws would vanish overnight.

Outlander on February 20, 2013 at 4:19 PM

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Sure looks like gun registration to me.

DDay on February 20, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Every time you purchase a new firearm.

Y’all are catching on.

cozmo on February 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

The day conservative will own a network on their own that spends at least 20-30% of screen time on education in civics, economics, and history will be the day they will start retaking the country.

Archivarix on February 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM

No it won’t. The people in need of said education will not be the ones watching that channel. We’ve hit critical mass already; things are going to have to burn and get very painful, very ugly, before the people that need to learn will be motivated to do so. Until then, the picture just gets worse from here.

Midas on February 20, 2013 at 4:31 PM

At least in Texas. Anytime you purchase a firearm, a background check is run before you can take possession of the weapon. Is this not gun registration?

DDay on February 20, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Only if you are buying from a dealer with a FFL. Local and private sales do not require a background check….at least right now. At least this is the way it is in most states and I can’t believe Texas is more stringent in that regard.

a capella on February 20, 2013 at 4:08 PM

At the moment, in Texas, person-to-person sales require no background checks, and no paperwork of any kind, so long as both parties want it that way. If one of the parties wants paperwork, fine, so long as the other is OK with it as well – or they can opt not to participate in the transaction if they don’t want a paper trail.

Midas on February 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Every time you purchase a new firearm.

Y’all are catching on.

cozmo on February 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

*Knock knock*

“Hi..I’m from the government, and we have information that you just purchased a firearm. Is this your first gun purchase, or do you have other guns in the house? Can we see them? It’s for your own good and for the children. I’m sure you are a good American and understand our need to cooperate. It’s for the children’s safety.”

Mimzey on February 20, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Mimzey on February 20, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Except that FFL dealers will scream when the government starts demanding those records wholesale.

That ain’t happenin’…yet.

cozmo on February 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM

…They ring the doorbell… The gun control brigade has already been around (came on the Sunday after Obama sent out his e-mail marching orders a couple of weeks ago).

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Why don’t you invite them in to talk while you clean your guns? Maybe ask them to help out, it’s kind of a chore. Or invite them out to the range with you for a little blam blam fun. Counter proselytize I say!

Fenris on February 20, 2013 at 5:09 PM

More women. Get women in these ads and out there talking. Why do democrats want to disempower women!?

rrpjr on February 20, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Had enough of a break from the 2012 election cycle? If not, too bad — because 2014′s cycle starts tomorrow. </blockquoteSo Ed, this means we didn't really see all that 24/7 Obama as candidate thing? (Say, why do they call liars candid anything?)

Don L on February 20, 2013 at 5:28 PM

“Participating in a gun buyback because you believe that the criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you believe that the neighbors have too many kids.”

- From an anonymous e-mail on the Grassfire Mail List.

Colbyjack on February 20, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Sure there’s fraud, but not enough to shift the margin of victory in most of the battleground states Obama won

150% turnout and winning all the votes in every precinct in a black district? Really? Funny, he didn’t ‘win’ one state with picture voter ID. ALL states need to require picture ID and one person one vote like they do here in Georgia.

DanaSmiles on February 20, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Cool
A warning shot across the bow ballot box…let the membership of the NRA speak, loud, often, and with great Vigor

JayTee on February 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Fact is Universal Gun Registration means you need the government’s permission to exercise a basic civil right.

Given that the purpose of the Constitution and the 2nd amendment being a restraint on government would it make any sense to have the government in control of it’s own restraints?

Would it make any sense for the government to have absolute power?

Galt2009 on February 20, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Very good point. Would you sit still if you had to register with the government FOR PERMISSION before expressing an opinion, reporting on events, going to church, petitioning the government, or peaceably assembling?

kurtzz3 on February 20, 2013 at 7:53 PM