New NRA web ad: listen to police, not Obama
April 17th, 2013
08:05 AM ET
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New NRA web ad: listen to police, not Obama

(CNN) – On the day the Senate begins votes on new gun control measures, the National Rifle Association said they were launching web ad casting President Barack Obama's proposals as detached from the reality faced by America's law enforcement officers.

The 30-second spot, which the NRA says it will spend $500,000 to place on websites like the Drudge Report, the Washington Post, and Hulu, uses polls of police officers showing little support for increasing background checks and banning assault weapons.

"President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg are pushing gun control. But America's police say they're wrong," a narrator says in the ad. "Seventy-one percent of the police say Obama's gun ban will have zero effect on violent crime. Eighty percent of police say more background checks will have no effect. Ninety-one percent say the right answer is swift prosecution and mandatory sentencing. Tell your senator to listen to America's police instead of listening to Obama and Bloomberg."

The poll cited in the spot comes from PoliceOne, an online news site for police officers. The site states "More than 15,000 officers completed the survey, which was promoted by PoliceOne exclusively to its 400,000 registered members, comprised of verified law enforcement professionals."

A coalition of law enforcement groups responded negatively to the ad Wednesday, saying it mischaracterized the views of their profession.

"Only law enforcement speaks for law enforcement," wrote Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson, who chairs the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence. "We hope that members of Congress will listen directly to law enforcement and not those who purport to represent us but do not."

Earlier this year, an NRA ad drew sharp criticism for referencing the president's children. Attacking Obama as an "elitist hypocrite," the commercial asked why he opposes the idea of placing armed guards in every school-a proposal pushed by the NRA-yet his own children attend a school with similar security.

Pro-gun control groups have also been airing their stance on in television ads. The organization backed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went up with a spot last week in seven states and Washington, D.C., urging viewers to call lawmakers to convince them to vote for a measure expanding background checks on gun sales.

That effort – which was the product of a bipartisan deal in the Senate last week – goes up for a vote Wednesday, along with a number of other gun control amendments.

Like the NRA spot, the ad from Mayors Against Illegal Guns used polling to drive home its point; namely, national surveys showing 9-in-10 Americans support strengthening background checks.

"Some Democrats and Republicans are coming together to support comprehensive background checks on gun sales. That will protect the Second Amendment and help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals," the ad says.

The senators targeted in the spots from Bloomberg's group were Republicans Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson of Georgia; Dan Coats of Indiana; Dean Heller of Nevada; Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire; and Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee.

Two Democratic senators were also included – Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

Meanwhile, two Democratic-aligned organizations - the Democratic National Committee and Organizing for Action, the group formed from Obama's presidential campaign - were sending emails to supporters urging them to call lawmakers asking for a "yes" vote on the background checks measure.

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soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. Eli Cabelly

    Yes, you should listen to police instead of President Obama. Cop killing rates are higher in states with more lenient gun regulations than in states with more stringent gun regulations. No more cop killings.

    April 17, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    No, we should listen to the President and not the domestic terrorist group known as the NRA. After all, we just re-elected President Obama. Furthermore, more than 90% of Americans agree to background checks.

    April 17, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Malarchy

    I'm a little confused. People are complaining that the poll containing 15000 law enforcement responses against further gun control is somehow skewed and/or not large enough to be taken seriously. And then turn around and try to use the liberal leaning Quinnipiac University poll of 1711 people taken locally from liberal leaning Connecticut right after the Newton massacre as justification for gun control.

    Polls are worthless if they are not random. Polls are worthless if they do not take into account at a minimum 10% of the national population. We live in a country of 310 million people. I'm not really concerned about what 1711 people think, or for that matter, what 15000 think.

    This is what I know. I am a gun owner. Have been since I received my first shotgun at 8. In the years since I have purchased several firearms. Every time I've been required to fill out paperwork. Every time I've been required to show ID. Every time I've had to wait several days after the sale to pick up my firearm. Most of the crap coming out of the anti-gun crowd is just that, crap.

    Statistics are a beautiful thing. They do not lie. If you want to reduce violent crime, look at the statistics. And act accordingly. Quit wasting valuable resources chasing after some imaginary boogeyman, aka the law abiding legal gun owner.

    April 17, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. dictator

    People so easlily give up there freedom dont deserve it anyways

    April 17, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Freedom

    Thank you CNN for showing this side of the gun control debate. It's nice to see some balance on this debate.

    April 17, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Let's face it, the police's job is NOT to go after the good guys with guns but rather to go after the bad guys with guns and the current legislation being proposed is to make it MORE difficult for the bad guys to get guns. So please tell me how and why would the police put their trust and life in the hands of the NRA who wants to arm the bad guys? Simply blatant outrageous right wing propaganda and lies.

    April 17, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Paratrooper_us

    SkiOne – The Liberal slant give s the idea that you can walk in to a Gun Show and purchase any firearm without a Background check, which is wrong. If you were to go to a Gun Show, you would find that outside of the hunting rifles, iconic pistols, the vast Majority (I would say 99% of the ones that they say they are concerned about) of the firearms are sold by FFLs, who DO require background checks by law. They keep saying the "Gun Show Loophole" – there is no loophole, if you are selling from a personal collection, whether at a Gun Show or not, a background check is not required, yet they incorrectly imply that you can buy any firearm at a Gun Show.

    Also – A Straw purchase (which is already against the law), will not catch someone by a background check. The purchaser would have a clean record, hence they can purchase. This is how the Columbine shooters got their weapons. One of the girlfriends that was over 18 purchased the firearms for the shooters (who were under 18). Amazing, she broke the law and was never prosecuted. How about enforcing the existing laws, before creating new ones.

    April 17, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Chase E.

    All of these discussions about private-gun-ownership laws must consider recent tragedies, but they must also include the recognition of historic consequences of limited ownership:

    "My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history. The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed-where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once."
    – Hon. Alex Kozinski (9th Cir.)

    The First and Second Amendments are the ultimate protections against totalitarianism.

    April 17, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Micheal33

    The NRA aren't to be taken seriously, and nothing more than a wing of the republican Party. Fact-check everything they state, as it is almost always incorrect propaganda.

    April 17, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. TTBALA

    Eli, did you really understood the what you read, President Obama wants more stringet gun measure and the Police according to the NRA liers say they don't want stringet gun laws which is totaly stupid thing comming from NRA of course what else do you expect from these murderes, yes we have to protect our rights to have gun however, what NRA does not go into what about my right to live ha tell me.

    April 17, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. Jim V

    Man, I just can't get enough of watching you anti-2nd Amendment types whipping yourselves into a frothy lather over the NRA. "The NRA is terrorist! The NRA is the biggest threat to America! The NRA has blood on its hands!"

    You know what? I'm the NRA. A gun-owning, tax-paying, law-abiding citizen, a veteran, a husband and father. A patriot. The NRA speaks for me, and I will support them financially and politically to the best of my ability. Deal with it.

    April 17, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Jim V

    You mean you're a member of the NRA for life, that is until your family bounces into another James Holmes, Jarred Loughner, Adam Lanza or Wade Page? As they say, what goes around, comes around...better be careful what you wish for.

    April 17, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Let's face it, any police officer in America would like to go out on the beat and know that he or she doesn't have to worry about a bad guy with a gun shooting at them. But the worthless irrelevent NRA is trying to say that police officers would rather being shot at every day they're on the beat. Totally ludicrous right wing garbage.

    April 17, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    This is the way I see it...if your love one becomes a victim or statistic to another shooting rampage in America, go arm yourself and have your Senator listen to you.

    April 17, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. The Truth Libs Hate

    NRA has higher favorable ratings than Obama and the media.

    April 17, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. rubes

    Most officers on the street back the NRA and what they stand for. The so-called police that Obama, Bloomberg, Feinstein bring out for their dog and pony shows are mostly politician/police that stand there and smile to keep their jobs.

    April 17, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. ghostriter

    Paratrooper, you blame the "gun show loophole misinformation" on liberals...Yet republicans are backing this law and are saying the same things. So if it's misinformation, it's being spread by both sides. If it's the truth, they you are the one spreading misinformation...knowingly or not.

    You are right...background checks won't stop straw purchasers....but a registry would.

    April 17, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Maria Delaluz

    What a bunch of sheeple you liberals are! But, the Dr. Kermit Gosnells of this country will get rid of you soon enough even if you are born alive! Liberals permitting other liberals to kill each other. It's almost like cannibalism.
    I read the blog on Dr. Gosnell's article – shocking how nobody cares about all these baby killings. So, why should any of you DEMONcrats care of any body being shot or killed at all???
    GO NRA – Go Tea Party – Proctect the 2nd Amendment!!!

    April 17, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. stew

    Obama is a lying communist!

    April 17, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Truth wrote: NRA has a higher favorable rating than Obama and the media."

    Well, let's review: gun ownership in America – 100 million

    NRA membership: 4 million

    Percentage of Americans who re-elected President Obama 54% or 53 million.


    April 17, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Minnesotan

    Oh, look..... the NRA Clown Car is letting the buffoons out again. Sorry, guys, but I trust the stats saying that most Americans favor tighter legislation and not the NRA's perfidous and manipulative lies. Go help Ted Nugent clean up the pants he defecated in to avoid being drafted. That's about all you're good for.

    April 17, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Lisa P.

    The Truth Libs Hate

    NRA has higher favorable ratings than Obama and the media.
    April 17, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm
    According to who? The NRA?

    Around here law enforcement department heads tend to favor more and better gun control. They're also been arming their own guys to the teeth - the local press refers to it as the militarization of policing. Not having seen PoliceOne's survey I have no idea how this kind of schizophrenic attitude would play out in their results. I'm sure the NRA would cherry-pick it to their advantage given half a chance, though.

    April 17, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. NJ

    I am the NRA too. In fact, they are not doing enough. If the NRA were as powerful and funded as well as Planned Parenthood (1/2 by tax money), there would not even be a peep about more gun laws. We probably would not have even heard about several of these mass shootings; they'd have been page 5 news several days after all the facts were in.

    This bit about the police who run the police departments having any opinion on these matters is just uninformed and fails to consider the motivations for police chiefs to take that position. Police chiefs are politicians with badges–that is the only way to be appointed to such a job in urban Dem cities. Further, people who take that job have to pacify/appease their unions, so their opinion does not count. Cops on city streets or sheriff's deputies in the rural countryside have some skin in the game. The shortcomings of the source material for this NRA ad have been adequately addressed by many in this post but the fact remains that many thousands of real peace officers think the feel good legislation of the day will not stop crimes. It will make libs feel good and stuff the coffers of left-leaning PACs, but will not stop crime.

    April 17, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. DannyCali

    Do you think that all of the Polices are good cop? The answer is no.......not all of cop are good some of them is cop killer.

    April 17, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @ Truth

    Correction: Number of Americans who voted for President Obama in 2012 – 61 million!


    April 17, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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