Watch: NRA’s New Commercial is Giving Liberals Panic Attacks
Russ Chastain 06.29.17
Leftists are apparently losing their collective mind over a recent commercial by the NRA, which was posted to YouTube on April 7 (video is below). Dubbed “Freedom’s Safest Place | S2 E2: ‘The Violence Of Lies,'” it features a sometimes-sneering woman who firmly states the following:
They use their media to assassinate real news, they use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse ‘the resistance,’ all to make them march; make them protest; make them scream ‘racism’ and ‘sexism’ and ‘xenophobia’ and ‘homophobia,’ to smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding, until the only option left, is for the police to do their jobs, and stop the madness.
And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The ONLY way we stop this — the ONLY way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth.
I’m the National Rifle Association of America, and I’m freedom’s safest place.
The video is peppered with images intended to arouse anger and indignation, and boy is it working:
The NRA just released an ad that is part authoritarian, part incitement to violence, part call for a civil war. This cannot be our politics. pic.twitter.com/1mzZf8fNku
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) June 29, 2017
Now, my opinion of this is probably not typical. Democrats accuse me of being too conservative and Republicans call me a commie because I don’t buy into the dogma of either party. I think for myself, and that’s not so popular these days.
What I see in the video below is more division of the American people, which is destructive to the freedom which it claims to defend.
Hear me out, please.
I’m not denying what the ad says. It’s true that string-pullers and policy-makers use the news media to mold and direct public opinion. (If that wasn’t true, then we certainly wouldn’t still be stuck in this two-party political trap, but I digress.)
But when you look at events and the news in a truly fair and balanced way, you realize the left isn’t the only source of such trash. And it’s easy to see that even if it was, reactionary ads like this one from NRA are not helping anything by encouraging more division. It’s not that the ad is wrong. It’s just that I can’t see where it’s helping anyone but the NRA’s fundraising drive.
In my opinion, the best thing anyone can do is resist the urge to hate. Resist the urge to sneer and fight, to form any sort of fist unless you’re physically attacked.
Maybe I’m being naive and things really are headed in an ugly direction. I hope not, but I’m all for a) being prepared if they do, and b) not doing anything to help it along.