September 22nd, 2008
02:05 PM ET
6 years ago

NRA ad claims Obama wants to ban guns

The National Rifle Association released a new ad taking aim at Obama over the Second Amendment.
The National Rifle Association released a new ad taking aim at Obama over the Second Amendment.

(CNN)—The National Rifle Association is taking aim at Sen. Barack Obama’s ‘bitter’ comment in a new ad, claiming the Illinois senator wants to ban shotguns and rifle’s commonly used for hunting.

“I learned that Barack Obama supports new tax on my guns and ammo,” Karl Rusch of Virginia says. “But it’s not just new taxes that Barack Obama wants. You can believe it. He also supports a ban on the shotguns and rifles most of us use for hunting.”

Obama has called for permanently reinstating the assault weapons ban, and voted for a 2005 amendment placing restrictions on rifle ammunition that is “designed or marketed” to be armor-piercing, but has not called for confiscation of rifles.

Watch: Obama speaks about his view on gun control

Joe Biden told supporters at a campaign event in Virginia Saturday they need not worry about their guns being confiscated under an Obama-Biden administration.

“I guarantee you, Barack Obama ain't taking my shotguns. So don't buy that malarkey,” Biden said Saturday. “They're going to start peddling that to you. I got two and if he tries to fool with my Berretta, he's got a problem.”

In the NRA’s ad, “Hunter,” Rusch concludes, “No politician is going to take away my guns and ammo. You don’t have to be bitter to know Barack Obama isn’t the kind of change we need.”

Despite the NRA’s strong criticism of Obama, the group has not endorsed John McCain for president.

McCain addressed NRA members at their convention in May, telling them he hasn’t agreed with them on “every issue,” but “those disagreements do not detract from my long record of support for the Second Amendment.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • NRA
soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. J from DC

    Just another distraction topic. I just gave $50 to Obama because I am sick of this economy. In November Obama gets my vote. I know John McCain has no idea what to do, because he said the economy was strong when it is not. Now we have to pay so much money to get the banks out of trouble. So, why are we still spending all this money in Iraq? If McCain wins this election, he will keep spending billions every month in Iraq? I don’t think McCain cares how much the war cost, because McCain and his rich friends will keep eating. They are getting their money now (today) in this bailout. While, the rest of us have to wait to see who gets elected. I have friends who say they can’t see themselves voting for Obama, even though they like him. They say they will vote for McCain even though they don’t like him or Palin. They are just Republicans voting the party line. Still, here we all seem to agree on one thing. If Obama don’t win, the rest of us will get nothing, but more taxes. Then, when we lose our jobs, and can’t pay for our homes. They will take them and sell them to someone else, for half the price. It is happening every day, right here, right now, before the election. Obama needs our vote, and our money to win in November. Let’s support him now, before it is too late. As for the Republican, I tell them to vote Obama or Bob Barr if they truly want their party back.

    September 22, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Ex-Republican for Obama

    NRA....complete morons.

    I advocate the right to bear arms, so any organization that lies can be shot through the head...first on the list...the NRA.

    There is no fact, truth or even stretch of the imagination that this is true. All facts indicate the absolute opposite, Obama supports our constitutional rights.......ALL OF THEM. Deal with that, and get back under your rock morons!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 22, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Ovitshio Branco From Irak

    Put "Lipstick on a pig and it's still a pig" – Barack is right on this one – Put lipstick on Palin's Alaska Pork and it's still Palin's Alaska Pork – Color does play in this election whether anyone will admit it or not – and yes Barack is the first Black to win a nomination and the reason he has my vote is I know if there's ever been a President that wants this country going in the right direction it will be a Black, because they can't afford for this country to do otherwise. If the country doesn't do better after he's in office outcries will be heard on Mars. McCain doesn't need to make the country better, he's a White guy. Barack doesn't have a choice – he has to do good. I was a Republican but McCan't and Miss Piggy Lips have pushed me to the other side – thank God they showed me the light. I'm 65 and WHITE.

    September 22, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. pkb

    SAME OLD BORING NRA CRAP! ALL THE NRA WANTS TO DO IS RAISE MONEY, MONEY, AND MORE MONEY BY PREYING ON THE UNEDUCATED AND ILLERATE WHO DON'T KNOW THAT THE SUPREME COURT RULED IN FAVOR OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT THAT THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS IS A MOOT ISSUE. THE REPUBLICANS KEEP ON AND ON. KEEP AMERICANS UNEDUCATED. MAKE A COLLEGE DEGREE UNFORDABLE AND WE'LL BE POWER!!! GOD SAVE US FROM THE REPUBLICANS!!!

    September 22, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. GARY

    OBAMA IS NOTHING BUT FLIP FLOPPING FROM PICKING BIDEN AFTER TRASHING HRC FOR THE WAR BIDEN VOTED FOR TOO. OBAMA LIES AND HIS LOST MINDED SUPPORTERS BELIEVE EVERYTHING HE SAYS. OBAMA WILL SAY ANYTHING TO GET VOTES AND MONEY DONATED. MCCAIN AND PALIN ARE THE ONLY STRAIGHT FORWARD CANIDATES.OBAMA HAS NOTHING BUT A FOLLOWING OF HATERS.THREATNING RACE WARS IF HE DONT WIN. BRING IT ON. OBAMA HAS BROUGHT BIG CHANGES BACK 100YRS. OR MORE,HATE,RACIST AND DIVISION.IF THERE IS GOING TO BE A CIVIL WAR BECAUSE OF POOR SPORTS ,WELL THE SOUTH MIGHT RISE AGAIN. THATS WHAT OBAMA BROUGHT. MCCAIN/PALIN COUNTRY FIRST REFORM SECOND

    September 22, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Pedro Penduko

    Another lie from a Republican Arm....try harder. The truth and the righteous will prevail this time.

    September 22, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Tony

    For heaven's sake. Of course the NRA is going to put out an ad discouraging Obama. Have you seen Sarah Palin in her bikini with her shotgun in tow? Get real, this is another false ad put out by the Republicas. Dirty Polititics at play once again!

    GO OBAMA!

    September 22, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. USAF Staff Sergeant

    I own a good amount of guns myself.

    Hunting rifles, shotguns, and handguns.

    I feel the gun laws are definitely not tough enough.... I could go to a gun show and purchase some crazy stuff without a background check.....

    September 22, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. the other jd

    OH PLEASE! The only time the US government seized guns was when the Bush Administration seized guns from Louisiana residents after Katrina. It's the same old GUNS-GOD-GAYS tactic that the Republicans are trotting out.

    September 22, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Skunk Meat Anyone?

    This is GREAT News for McGimmick and his skunk meat campaign where LIES COMES BEFORE COUNTRY!

    September 22, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. HA! WE KNOW YOUR GAME

    FOLKS,

    EXXON MOBILE AD MONEY (look to your right) =
    CNN WANTS TO KEEP THE RACE CLOSE FOR MCLAME

    September 22, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Chris from NY

    Yes. I heard a supporter ask Obama this question while campaigning in Pennsylvania. The lady asked, many of us like what you're saying but we also hear that you are going to take our guns. Obama answered, I wouldn't even succeed if I tried. Tell your folks, I am not going to take your guns but I know there are many NRA members here who would not want for us to have a reasonanble and safe gun control. That's not a good idea. You can have your guns but we must ensure that we keep AK 47 out from the hand of criminals. That's his answer. So, NRA should stop scaring people.

    September 22, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Proud to be American

    Lies.... well with the fall of Wall Street and the banks going belly up all folks can talk about is maintaining their guns? gee .... Get a clue and clue in on the real issues as this is not one of them.... think about soup kitchens and a womans right to choice revloted... Perhaps WWIII and intiating the draft.... Hum food for thought? get a clue and don't believe the hype.....

    Obama and Biden 2008 for the sake of America!

    September 22, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Tori Ashland Oregon

    Who cares about Gun's when the economy is in the toilet?

    September 22, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    My question is: how do you combat this right-wing strategy?

    No matter how many times Obama says he will not raise taxes, or he will not take your guns, or he lays out six specific steps for the economy, the other side simply says the opposite, and people believe it.

    What can you do in the face of outright lies? If you calmly tell the electorate that you are NOT going to do whatever you're being accused of, you look defensive, and more people are against you.

    This is crazy.

    September 22, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Michael

    Yet anoher Lie on behalf of Sen. McShame!

    September 22, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Jared

    The lastest pic of Palin in her red, white and blue bikini holding her shotgun is absolutely gross. She sure ain't no beauty queen. YUK.

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 22, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. brownie

    NRA is crying?! ... it is like the Porn sites crying that Obama wants to shut down their sites! ... get real.

    September 22, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. LBowie

    Where is Truth.Org when you need them? This will need to be check out for sure. Every ad that comes out has to be verified. This is ridiculous!

    September 22, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Jesse from Berlin

    Can´t stop them.. is that the main issue? I´m thinking about my finances now

    September 22, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Tim

    I certainly hope that Obama doesn't take away their guns – after all, the vast majority of firearm discharges are accidentally self-inflicted, which means less gun-toting rednecks for the rest of us to worry about!

    September 22, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Karen

    Geesh! What will the Republicans think of next to discredit this man. OMG, I'm totally feed up with the lies and I can't want for the election to be over with and Obama/Biden take office because if the other ones get into the office, God help us all.

    September 22, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Jackie

    McCain will say and do anything to attract a vote.

    September 22, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. RDS

    It is so funny that Obama's comments are coming true...what did he say about people becoming bitter when economic situations become bad, they cling to guns (NRA) , religion (abortion) and atipathy for those not like them (immigration) funny hows these are 'wedge' issues EVERY SINGLE ELECTION!

    September 22, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. WhoIsPalin?

    CNN you guys are getting lazy again.Where is your FACT CHECK for the latest McCain campaign Ad Lie!?!?

    September 22, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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