The National Rifle Association (NRA) is continuing its push-back against recent gun control proposals. In a new ad called “We are America,” the organization takes aim at controversial comments made by President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton. Using quotes from both politicians, the organization’s new video lambastes perceived assaults on the Second Amendment.
After sharing quotes from Clinton and Obama that seemingly denigrate gun owners, the NRA ad goes on to make some bold proclamations, calling the aforementioned comments arrogant and encouraging Americans to stand up and defend their right to bear arms. Additionally, the voice-over delivers a fiery “reminder” to the nation’s leaders.
“The arrogance of their superiority requires this reminder: They don’t rule us. They don’t give us rights. We grant them power. They don’t make us safe,” the ad proclaims. “We pay to protect them. They don’t make us free. We’re free already. And as long as we have the Second Amendment, we always will be.”
Watch the NRA spot, below:
And here’s a transcript of the voice-over in its entirety:
In a recent closed-door speech to donors, politicians and media, Bill Clinton spoke about American gun owners: “A lot of these people … all they’ve got is their hunting and their fishing.” “Or they’ve been listening to this stuff for so long that they believe it all.” And we all remember Barack Obama’s 2008 comments to a room of San Francisco elites: “It’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion.” The arrogance of their superiority requires this reminder: They don’t rule us. They don’t give us rights. We grant them power. They don’t make us safe. We pay to protect them. They don’t make us free. We’re free already. And as long as we have the Second Amendment, we always will be. We are America and our politicians are only as powerful as we, the people allow them to be.
Clearly the NRA’s message here is that politicians like Obama and Clinton should be reminded that they work for the American people and that comments deriding gun owners are not acceptable. The organization maintains that rhetoric coming from these men, among other leaders, is an attempt to marginalize law-abiding citizens.
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