An actor who portrays a hunter in a new pair of ads pushing for Federal gun control doesn’t exactly know how to handle that shotgun he’s holding.
The man, who claims he’s a hunter, sits on the tailgate of a pickup and talks about how hunting is a big part of his family history. He talks about why background checks are a good thing and says no one’s trying to take your guns away. He’s got the requisite mountain-man facial hair, and he’s holding a shotgun.
But critics who’ve paid attention point out the guy is clueless when it comes to gun safety. His onscreen behavior seems to violate the National Rifle Association’s three fundamental rules of gun safety.
He’s holding the gun in a way that suggests the kids in the ad’s background could move into in its line of fire: a no-no. He’s got his finger on the trigger of the gun, even though he clearly isn’t ready to shoot at anything: a big no-no. And he’s holding his pump-action shotgun with the bolt closed, so there’s no way to know if he’s breaking another fundamental rule: keep a gun unloaded until you’re ready to use it.
The ad was paid for by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a project organization partially created and funded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg has committed $12 million of his own money to help push the ads in 13 States where Senators on the fence about gun control might be swayed to vote on a slew of gun restrictions the Senate will take up after Easter.