On January 23, The Hill claimed the NRA “stokes fears” with its new ad tying President Obama and Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton to gun confiscation.
The NRA wants the public to understand that Obama’s unilateral actions on gun laws “are just a first step toward more radical gun control.” And it points to pro-confiscation remarks from Obama and Clinton to make its point.
According to The Hill, a new NRA video says the “Obama administration plans to implement an ‘Australian-style’ gun confiscation that would force law-abiding Americans, including hunters, to turn in their firearms.”
The video shows Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton “calling Australia’s gun buyback program a ‘good example’ that is ‘worth considering.’”
The video then shows Obama laughing off “such worries during a recent CNN town hall on guns.”
Far from simply stoking fears, the NRA ad points to statements Obama and Clinton actually made.
For example, Obama responded to the October 1 Umpqua Community College shooting by saying, “We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours–Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it.”
During a town hall at Keene State College on October 16, Clinton said the Australian government’s approach to confiscating guns via a mandatory buyback “would be worth considering … on the national level.” She went on to reaffirm this statement, saying the Australian gun ban is “worth looking at” in the U.S.
On January 8, the day after CNN’s gun control town hall, the Associated Press reported that Obama mocked Americans who fear confiscation by describing it as “imaginary fiction.”
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