First on CNN: New player in gun control ad wars
February 15th, 2013
09:02 AM ET
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First on CNN: New player in gun control ad wars

Washington (CNN) - MoveOn.org is moving into the TV fight over curbing gun violence.

The progressive group will announce Friday that it's going up with a television commercial that goes after members of Congress who accept donations from the National Rifle Association.

The MoveOn spot, which the group says it will spend six figures to run for a week on national cable television (including CNN), is part of their campaign titled, "The NRA doesn't speak for me.”

In the ad, a man named Jerry Thompson, who describes himself as a gun owner and proud defender of the Second Amendment, says "for years I've watched Congress take money from the NRA and then oppose any kind of reform that helps keep us safe."

Thompson goes on to say that he was disgusted by the NRA's response to the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, where a well-armed gunman killed 20 young students and six adults.

The commercial ends with Thompson saying "I've had enough. So here's my message to Congress. You take money from the NRA and then continue to do their bidding, we're going to remember that come election time. The NRA doesn't speak for me, and they don't speak for the vast majority of Americans so stop taking their money"

MoveOn's announcement of their new ad comes one day after NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre charged that President Barack Obama's gun control proposals in the State of the Union address were "not about keeping kids safe at school" but rather part of a broad campaign to "dismantle the Second Amendment."

"When nothing else matters to every parent in America, President Obama had nothing to say about school security and nothing he proposed has anything to do with protecting one child in any school in this country," LaPierre said in remarks billed as a response to Tuesday's speech.

Near the end of the State of the Union address the president made an emotional plea for Congress to hold votes on controversial proposals for tougher gun laws. Listing gun violence victims, some of whom were in the audience at the U.S. Capitol, Obama said "they deserve a vote" as many in the audience cheered loudly.

Thursday's NRA speech came one day after LaPierre issued a rally-cry for gun owners, writing in an op-ed that "good Americans are prudently getting ready to protect themselves" against what he described as an onslaught of doom.

"Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face-not just maybe. It's not paranoia to buy a gun. It's survival," the NRA's executive vice president wrote in the op-ed published Wednesday by the conservative news website, The Daily Caller.

The NRA also went up at the beginning of the week with a web video that asserted that the president's attempts to enact new gun control laws would result in the "confiscation" of people’s firearms.

MoveOn says that besides the TV ad, they'll greet members of Congress as they head home for recess with organized rallies and congressional office drop-bys. The group also says it will distribute "The NRA Doesn't Speak for Me" bumper stickers.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Someone needs to point out to LaPierre that terrirists probably approve of his "guns for everyone" policy.

    February 15, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. j

    well the NRA speaks for me, gun control is really about government control which the NRA has been protecting us from since the 60s. the gun ban in 94 did nothing why would another?

    February 15, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Ignore these idiots. This nation needs Gun-Control laws to be passed. Period.

    February 15, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. Stu

    Excellent move!

    February 15, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. Wilson

    Who is John Galt?
    $

    February 15, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. Stu

    J – if gun control is to be off the table, at what type of weapon or munition do we stop allowing public access?

    February 15, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Pete

    Boy NRA this ads gonna hurt ain't it boys !!Now you can retaliate with your group of radicals including Ted Nugent ,Tom Selleck and Chucky Norris like they need an intro and they're the extremist behind LaPierre and his treasonistic voice of reason saying stupid things relating to the 2nd amendment something he really has no idea about but uses it anyway!!The rites to bare arms was in the time of one shot black powder muskets to defend farmers,landowners ,not owners protecting a house using semi auto assault weapons with 30 round clips that were only just allowed to be bought just before these two present wars.Not even exiting military troops in Vietnam or these wars that were trained to use these assault weapons were allowed to bring them home so why allow ignorents that mostly buy them here have them you tell me after 5 were shot at an Ohio gun show,that's ignorence beyond the norm isn't it and shows more strengent laws should be inacted ,plain and simple,get er done or quit manufacturing these weapons until something is done!!

    February 15, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. Malcolm

    Its a very clever propaganda campaign twist. Since the shooter Adam Lanza is dead, then turn the agenda against the object and the main opponent of anti-gun/freedom legislation namely the NRA and a personal attack on the chief spokesperson, Wayne LaPierre. The sub plot is that the lobbying of political appointees by specifically the NRA is somehow, underhand, tainted or corrupt, rather than an integral part of American politics. Its a dirty smear campaign where true is fluid and the end justifies the means. America is on a worrisome trajectory...

    February 15, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Move On is a subversive Democratic Party organization, that seeks to establish Democratic Party socialist dictatorship in America.

    They are contrary to the principles, and history of America.

    February 15, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    j wrote:

    well the NRA speaks for me, gun control is really about government control which the NRA has been protecting us from since the 60s. the gun ban in 94 did nothing why would another?
    ---------------
    Do you have any idea which party was the main one pushing for stricter gun control back in the 1960s? It was the Republicans who lined up behind Gov. Ronald Reagan so he could enact gun control legislation to deal with a problem known as The Black Panthers.

    February 15, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Richard in Houston

    Nothing this man, La Pierre, has said is based on fact. It is all supposition and designed to create fear and anger. All the while wrapping the argument around the flag. This may work on some people unfortunately however the vast majority see through this and are laughing at him. How he has stayed in the position he holds for so long is a complete mystery. This happens everytime a democrat comes into office. Shouting from the roof tops there coming for your guns, there coming for your guns!!! It never happens. The biggest assult on personal liberties happened under the Bush adinistration with passing of the Patriot act.

    February 15, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    There really are some stupid gop nra supporters.

    February 15, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. Richard in Houston

    Opps. Not there. I meant their. Sorry

    February 15, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. scott

    The NRA speaks for me. I believe in the 2nd amendment and think people are fooled by thinking taking guns from law biding people will help anything. Look at drugs they are e legal and the low life people still get them, use them and sell them and you think the law will stop law breakers from getting guns? When I see that the law can get drugs off the street I will trust them to get the guns off the street.

    February 15, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. rs

    1,833 Americans have been killed by guns since the Sandy Hook Massacre 2 months ago. That is more than 900 Americans a month, 225 a week. If these were deaths from a stoppable disease, or due to a consumer product (think Toyota accelerators) the outcry for change and investigation would be loud and long.
    This simply needs to stop. The NRA and their GOP lackies are clearly wrong. More guns do not make us safe, and the NRA's support of murderer's rights is unforgivable. Background checks, licensing, registration, insurance!

    February 15, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. girish

    Are we civilized ? I don't think so, If we really introspect our selves ,the deaths of 32000 people with gun violence needs control over loopholes , military style weapons and ammunition in the hands of civilians . Criminals and people with mental illness should not get guns at any cost . There should be registry and gun owner should be made responsible for care of own weapons . Most of time guns are used in home killing own loved once due to uncontrolled anger or accidents . So many innocent lives lost due to gun violence . It is epidemic of gun violence in this country

    February 15, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. JA

    II'm glad that they are showing who takes money from the NRA and who votes against new senseless gun control measures. That way responsible gun owners know who to vote for. Make very public those that want to take away the second amendment. I think this will backfire on them. We'll see in the next election who ends up losing seats. There are plenty of people like me who are moderate that are being pushed to the right because of these attacks on our second amendment rights. There is nothing common sense about legislation that has shown in the past to be ineffective.

    February 15, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. HenryMiller

    "I'm glad that they are showing who takes money from the NRA and who votes against new senseless gun control measures."

    Precisely.

    February 15, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Abbey

    Radical groups like Move have done nothing when it comes to gun safety programs......this group is looking for low information voters to support it's liberal agenda.

    February 15, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. John

    This group is just trying to push their agenda; nothing the Obama administration has proposed will make society any safer, and anyone that believes that is living a fantasy. All of this talk about a weapon that is used in less than 2% of crimes is silly. The focus needs to be on gangs, the war on drugs, inner city violence, and the econonomic conditions that contribute to gun crime. I wish these anti gun people would start focusing their efforts on items that would actually make a difference. Lets not all forget that Chicago has the second strictest gun laws in the nation.....how well has that worked out? Funny how cities with the most gun crime are very democratic cities. Obama and his kin are using these victims to push his agenda and its sick.

    February 15, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. LL

    Is LaPierre even an American? That's a French name. Where's his birth certificate?

    February 15, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    Move On is a subversive Democratic Party organization, that seeks to establish Democratic Party socialist dictatorship in America.
    __________________________
    Sure, but the NRA is promoting policies that arm criminals, drug cartels and terrorists and you're cool with that?

    February 15, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. BUbba

    When the aliens invade Earth, and the only thing that kills them is .50 Caliber depleted uranium bullets fired at high rates, and you won't have one, you will wish you had supported the NRA. The rest of us will just get along with the other 4 guns in our house.
    Hey, if the NRA does not have to allow reality affecting their arguments, why should I?

    February 15, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. John

    The ignorance of these anti gun people is shocking....most don't even know the difference between a clip/magazine, or how to define an assault rifle, or have ever even shot a gun. Biden does not even know the difference between a clip/magazine, and thinks its easier to shoot a double barrel shotgun.....what fantasy is he living in?

    February 15, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. rs

    BUbba

    When the aliens invade Earth, and the only thing that kills them is .50 Caliber depleted uranium bullets fired at high rates, and you won't have one, you will wish you had supported the NRA. The rest of us will just get along with the other 4 guns in our house.
    Hey, if the NRA does not have to allow reality affecting their arguments, why should I?
    _______________________ ;-)

    February 15, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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