September 26, 2016

The ludicrous idea that "Democrats want to take your guns" has made gun manufacturers and their surrogates like the NRA very wealthy.

Calling for common sense gun control measures is not a plan to take your guns away, but facts do not matter to conservatives: see "presidential campaign, Donald Trump."

The NRA just released a new ad which essentially blames Hillary Clinton for your murder at the hands of a home invasion.

The ad is fearmongering fantasy at its pinnacle.

I'll set the scene. A woman is sleeping - we see a darkened outline of someone passing her window - glass breaks - the women wakes up - an intruder enters - she hurriedly gets out of bed and runs to a phone in slow motion.

Voice over begins:

She’ll call 911. Average response time — 11 minutes. Too late. She keeps a firearm in this safe for protection, but Hillary Clinton could take away her right to self-defense. And with Supreme Court justices, Hillary can [the safe with the gun disappears]. Don’t let Hillary leave you protected with nothing but a phone.

If a woman lives alone, why does she keep her gun in a safe? Oh, never mind.

Anyway, as Think Progress notes:

According to an analysis of FBI data, the chance of someone’s residence being broken into by someone carrying a firearm is just a shade above zero, and the risk of suffering body harm during one of those exceedingly rare occurrences is even more remote —a number along the lines of 0.0000002 percent.

What the ad doesn’t mention is that an American is far more likely to be accidentally shot to death by a child than they are to be murdered during a home invasion. As ThinkProgress has previously reported, studies have found that only 39 percent of gun-owning families keep their firearms locked, unloaded, and separate from ammunition. At least 265 people were accidentally shot by kids last year, while the number of people murdered during home invasions in a given year is about 100.

If Trump was going to add some narration to this ad, he'd probably say the criminal was a drug trafficking "thug" from Chicago, without a father and a job because Obama is not a U.S. citizen and sold out to China.

It's that bad, folks.

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