The political arm of the National Rifle Association launched a $3 million ad campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton in North Carolina and three other battleground states on Wednesday.
The ads come a day after Republican Donald Trump’s remarks at a Wilmington rally that some critics took as incitement to gun violence.
The ads, running on broadcast and cable stations, say Clinton “doesn’t believe in your right to keep a gun at home for self-defense.”
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Over pictures of a woman who resembles Clinton boarding a private jet, a narrator says, “She’s one of the wealthiest women in politics. Combined income: $30 million. Tours the world on private jets. Protected by armed guards for 30 years. But she doesn’t believe in your right to keep a gun at home for self-defense.”
Clinton has argued for stronger measures to prevent gun violence but consistently expressed support for the Second Amendment right to bear arms, according to PolitiFact.
“The gun lobby is coming to Donald Trump’s defense and spending millions of dollars to spread lies about Hillary Clinton because they know Trump will always do their bidding,” said Clinton spokesman Andrew Bates. “… Hillary Clinton supports common sense measures like comprehensive background checks.…
“The vast majority of the American people – including the vast majority of gun owners – believe we can and must do better.”
Trump’s comments Tuesday about the Second Amendment were roundly criticized by Clinton’s campaign and her supporters. Discussing the selection of Supreme Court justices, he told the crowd, “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people – maybe there is, I don’t know.”