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Safety tip: Don’t handle a gun like the guy in Mayor Bloomberg’s ad

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By Doug Powers  •  March 25, 2013 07:38 PM

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Michael Bloomberg’s organization, “Mayors Against salt smoking trans fats global warming large sodas Illegal Guns,” placed a $12 million ad buy in ten states. Even though one of the ads doesn’t state it directly, it might be safe to assume that Biden served as a technical adviser.

From Emily Miller at the Washington Times:

The ad does not specify if the man is an actor, but he violates all three gun safety rules taught by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The first rule is to always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. In this case, the children are playing in the yard. Although the viewers can’t see what is to the side of the truck, the man should be pointing the muzzle in the air or at the ground.

The second NRA rule is always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
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The third NRA safety rule is always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. This means a situation in which the gun is available for immediate use — such as when hunting and a deer could step out at any time or when the firearm is safely stored but ready for quick self-defense as needed.

In the ad called “Family,” the man says that, “My dad taught me to hunt, and I’ll teach my kids. I’ve owned a gun all my life, and I’ll fight for my right to keep it.”

While saying this, he holds the pump-action shotgun with the action (bolt) closed, so it is impossible to know if it is loaded. To make this a demonstration of safety, the bolt would be wide open to demonstrate that it is unloaded.

Using NRA safety tips to point out gun handling mistakes in Bloomberg’s ad will prompt select MSNBC panelists to denounce the NRA’s anti semitism.

Video by way of Weasel Zippers:

It’s possible the safety no-nos were inserted intentionally to convey the message that “even some of you honest flyover country hunter hayseed types who could pass a background check need to understand that you’re just a couple PBRs away from accidentally shooting somebody,” but I don’t think they’re that crafty. As far as Bloomberg is concerned, no safety rules were broken because the guy never took a drink from a large soda.

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