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Shotguns and political ads (smh)

I live in Louisiana.  We are weird in that we do "run-off" elections all the time.  Usually for governor and Senate seats.  First there is one election.  If one person wins by a large margin, they win.  But usually it narrows it down to the "top two".  Who then run off against each other in an election a few weeks later.

At any rate, there is still one Senate seat "up for grabs".  So the political commercials torture has not quite ended.

In the most recent commercial for one of the candidates, he fires a shotgun in the air at the end of it.  Fires. A. Shotgun.  My jaw dropped when I first saw it.  Did that just really happen?  Seriously!?!?

For the record, although I tend to lean liberal, I'm fairly pro-gun.  I think shotguns are great both for hunting and, oddly enough, perfect for home defense.  But that doesn't mean I want to see one of my Senate candidates firing one.  Like some bubba avid fan of Duck Dynasty.  Weird and inappropriate. 

Re: Shotguns and political ads (smh)

  • Terrible.  The way guns are treated nowadays has me shaking my head.  I grew up in the country and have zero issues with shot guns and similar weapons for hunting.  But this use in the media, concealed carry, availability of automatic weapons, and gun sales to individuals on the no-fly list, etc. is downright scary.  
    HeartlandHustle | Personal Finance and Betterment Blog  
    short+sassy
  • That just seriously seems like a really irresponsible way to represent himself. What point is he trying to get across with that action? Vote for me and I'll make sure you can shoot your gun, whenever, and wherever, in any direction you want?

    I know that's taking it to an extreme...but come on. You can talk about being pro-gun rights/expansion of gun rights and NOT shoot off a weapon in your political ad.
    short+sassy
  • what bothers me the most about that is that he shot it up in the air - the bullet does come down and what if it kills somebody.  Seems like a not responsible gun owner IMO.
    short+sassy
  • John Oliver and the Daily Show like to make fun of these commercials. It reminds me of President Camacho in Idiocracy. 
    short+sassy
  • vlagrl35 said:
    what bothers me the most about that is that he shot it up in the air - the bullet does come down and what if it kills somebody.  Seems like a not responsible gun owner IMO.


    I don't know if that is as true for shotgun pellets, but I was curious about that also.

    Definitely true for handguns!  I had a friend who was an EMT and he said there are always a few gunshot injuries...sometimes death...on NYE night in our city from people shooting handguns into the air.

    Speaking of NYE, NOLA's French Quarter is one of the "places to be" in the country for that evening.  I've lived here for over 15 years and have never gone on that night.  Too many people in one place.  Shooting guns in the air.  Drunk drivers EVERYWHERE.  No thanks. 

    MommyLiberty5013
  • During the election season most of the commercials seemed so sensational.  Definitely going for an emotional over factual appeal.  And trying to appeal to single issue voters.  We had senate candidates show completely different commercials in the blue part of the state vs the red part of the state...especially relating to gun control.  I guess we won't see this trend stop anytime soon. 

    If memory serves I have seen commercials with people firing guns at ranges and places where it is in context....just a random firing in the air would get a "what did I just see???" reaction from me.


    short+sassy
  • Well also shot guns do double duty and can also be loaded with slugs, which are like regular bullets and don't contain the shot. Plus, lots of shot gun ammo can be pretty deadly even if it's pellets.

    Maybe this dude was firing blanks??? Or on his own property that's like a farm and has no other buildings or people around?

    But anyway, I would side-eye it too. Not very responsible.
    short+sassy
  • Well also shot guns do double duty and can also be loaded with slugs, which are like regular bullets and don't contain the shot. Plus, lots of shot gun ammo can be pretty deadly even if it's pellets.

    Maybe this dude was firing blanks??? Or on his own property that's like a farm and has no other buildings or people around?

    But anyway, I would side-eye it too. Not very responsible.


    It did look like he was out in a field.  I didn't think about that he could use blanks.

    I gave him the benefit of the doubt that he didn't potentially put someone in harm from a falling bullet.  A commercial for the U.S. Senate is just not the place for firearms.  I'd rather have an image of him in a suit, talking about what he is going to do for Louisiana.  Instead, all I can remember is this guy in causal, hunting attire and thinking, "What!  Did I really just see that?"

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