For the 14th anniversary of the heinous attacks of September 11, 2001, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is running an ad featuring former Navy SEAL and Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell speaking directly to terrorists who think they can strike fear in the hearts of free people who are armed.
The commercial is not flashy or technologically intricate. Rather, it is a sobering moment that presents Luttrell facing the camera, addressing terrorists as if they were standing in front of him, face to face.
I know you’re watching, so pay attention. You hate my freedom, my religion, and my country. You hate me for speaking my mind. You try to control me with violence and intimidation. You think you can muzzle me with fear? Don’t ever confuse me for my politicians or my media.
I am an American, free born and free bred. And I will call you out for who you are–an Islamic extremist who would kill me for my beliefs.
As Luttrell speaks, scenes from America’s heartland scroll across the screen and videos of trains and passenger jets appear while he says, “My freedom is more powerful than anything you could ever do and I will never, never surrender my rights to your terror.”
With a black and white image of a church on the screen, followed by another photo of America’s heartland, Luttrell says, “I will say what I think, worship according to my beliefs, and raise my children as I see fit. And I defend it all with the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”
Luttrell concludes, “I cower to no one. Because I am the National Rifle Association of America and I am freedom’s safest place.”
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