September 22nd, 2008
02:05 PM ET
12 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. Taylor

    Palin posing in her that is sexist!

    September 22, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Lee Bartholomew

    Oh sure, just wait till all the deer have bullet proof vests...

    September 22, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Billy Joe, Alabama

    CNN-bring your boy Obama down here to the swamp and try and take my gun. I'm waiting.

    September 22, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Amy

    No wonder the NRA and the McCain/Palin ticket are so cozy-they both lie through their teeth!

    September 22, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. fella from Chicago

    OMG! Barack isn't going to take your guns away. On the contrary, he can set you up with some weapons dealers from the south side of Chicago. Homicides are flourishing in Barack's home state. In Chicago alone this past weekend there were nine separate murders committed in the city. Handguns, shotguns, rifles, knives, rope... name the victim and guess the weapon used. Barack knows the game. Great job you've done on crime in your home state Barack. Nope, don't worry about Barack disarming you. Name your weapon.

    September 22, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Stefan

    Here they come... The lobbyists with the biggest influence in America!
    I sincerely hope Obama, once elected, can reduce the influence of these nutjobs! They prey on people's fear with irrational ads, outright lies and propaganda.

    September 22, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Shannon, Independent Voter

    How stupid is this, go ahead repubs keep trying to take our focus off of the economy and the trillion dollar bailout that all of us as Americans are now responsible for.

    This gun ad is a lie and we all know it, it was designed to distract us. Only a fool would fall for this crap and vote for a repub because of it. Do they really think this gun ad will make anyone change their mind and vote for mccain and that liar palin?

    Screw me once shame on you, screw me twice shame on me. It will be a cold day in hell before the repubs ever win the presidency again, they can not be trusted to do the right thing by all Americans. Also I am sick of the fake phony "America First" crap coming from mcshame. That is a sham just like his phony family values nonsense.

    Drooooooooop Oooooout !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 22, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. Anonymous in CO

    Just another McCain & Palin lie!! Time to wake up America to the truth. If you want another 4-years just like the last eight then you must be in the top 1% income bracket that Obama is going to raise taxes on. As a Hillary supporter I'm not fully backing Obama for president. We need to change the direction our country is heading. McCain was in office during the last two financial melt downs. Plus, we had a Bush as our president both times.

    September 22, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Keep America safe, McCain in 08

    The Democratic Party pushed Hillary out, for fear of having a former president and a president (Clintons) with too much power over them.

    Big mouth ‘Speaker of ‘The House) could not stand to have another female tell her anything, I don’t see why not because she is clueless.

    So they play there game, which they do so well, and BO with trips into the position. BO is the racist, he is the one along with his wife that are throwing the race card.

    September 22, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. McLoser


    Haven't we had enough of this?

    September 22, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. FL4OB

    More LIES from my former Republican Party. Sad.

    Polls are showing Americans are now awake to seeing the Republicans are to blame for the mess they created with deregulation, irresponsible spending habits, and reckless borrowing without proper oversight. No more of their lies will cover-up the truth. Eight is ENOUGH!

    Obama/Biden '08
    Yes we can!

    September 22, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Sarah Palin and African Americans in Alaska

    Palin, Palin, Palin under the direction of her Father, McCain.

    September 22, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Lies

    Here goes another brain washed serogate of McBush on the stomp. See the state of the US and that's the small issue you want to talk about. America is hitting the bottom and the world is having a laught the US with it's petty politics. Be a little more progressive than NRA you make no sense.

    September 22, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Ethan

    Obama/Biden play lip service to gun owners but have said some key things that reveal their intentions. The NRA ads are always over the top. But gun owners should indeed be concerned about Obama's intentions on the gun rights front. Those who said it's not a huge issue this election are correct in the short term, but it's all about the judges Obama could appoint.

    September 22, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. VIRGINIA will be blue

    More GOP lies

    September 22, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. John in Ohio

    I'm a gun owner.

    I'm voting for Obama.

    Obama has a reluctance towards firearms because of limited exposure to them. All he sees of handguns is gangland murders in Chicago. Being hostile and confrontational towards him won't change his opinion, showing him safe, sane, reasonable gun owners will.

    September 22, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. John McBUSH IS A LIAR

    John McCain is such a sore loser..........A big fat liar.

    September 22, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Reality Check richmond virginia

    Oh Jeeeeeeeeeez, I promise not all Virginians are as dumb and paranoid as that guy.

    I DON"T support banning shotguns and handguns, but I DO support common sense gun laws.

    When will those nuts at the NRA land on the terrorist watch list, its past time.

    September 22, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. bill

    Do the Rpublicans ever tells the truth,all they do is lie lie lie,i just wish the american people stop falling for this piece of crap

    September 22, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    and more LIES......

    September 22, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Alice Brinkley

    Look alive, Americans. Obama wants total government control over everything, He has blamed the US for the troubles in the world and he thinks he can fix everything. What a fool he is. Will ruin our America with his socialist/marxist philosophies.

    September 22, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. beachgirl

    That will be a GREAT IDEA! actually. Guns is killing our children, is actually killing our society!!! Think for a second....... what is good about guns?????????? NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING POSITIVE!!1

    September 22, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |

    Palin is a puppet and MCCAIN is a bad-tempered timebomb!!!!

    September 22, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. Jaimie

    I'm really glad that Biden made this announcement, by saying that the Obama-Biden administration. I think Obama is just concerned about the use of these guns. He doesn't want to see citizens of his country hurt by these weapons, but I agree completely with the idea that guns should be legal. And I agree that Palin is nothing but a liar. I'm 100% backing Obama. His groups make such an effort to receive our votes, while McCain just lies about all of his policies.

    September 22, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Matt

    This mud-slinging ad is fooling no one....except the voters in North Dakota!


    September 22, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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