NRA launches $3 million anti-Clinton ad buy

The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund released a new ad against Hillary Clinton Tuesday aimed at energizing voters concerned about gun rights following the Democratic nominee’s bump in polls in recent days.

“If elected Hillary Clinton will appoint an-anti-gun Supreme Court Justice to overturn our fundamental right to self-protection,” Chris Cox, chairman of NRA’s Political Victory Fund, said in a statement to USA TODAY about the $3 million ad buy. “That is what this election is about: protecting our individual right to keep a firearm in our home for protection and making sure that there isn’t one set of rules for political elites like Hillary Clinton and a different set for the rest of us.”

The ad begins with footage of someone portraying Clinton heading toward a private jet.

“She’s one of the wealthiest women in politics. Combined income: 30 million dollars,” the narrator says. “Tours the world on private jets. Protected by armed guards for thirty years. But she doesn’t believe in your right to keep a gun at home for self-defense,” it continues.

The ad, which also aims to portray Clinton as out of touch, shows the actress being served on the jet and watching a clip of the real Clinton on TV.

“I fully appreciate how hard life is for so many Americans today,” the real Clinton says.

“An out-of-touch hypocrite, she’d leave you defenseless,” the 30-second ad, which will air on cable in battleground states, says as it wraps up.

The NRA’s PAC has spent approximately $6 million on a series of ads boosting Donald Trump during the presidential cycle.

The ad was released the same day that Trump drew fire for suggesting that “Second Amendment people” could stop Clinton. His campaign later clarified that he meant they would unify and vote against the Democratic nominee. The NRA backed him up on the statement saying the only way to protect the Second Amendment was to vote for Trump.

“The Second Amendment is on the ballot and the only way to protect that right is to vote for Donald Trump is defeat Hillary Clinton,” NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker told USA TODAY following Trump’s comments Tuesday.

The Clinton campaign has disputed the notion that Clinton wants to take guns away and there have been multiple fact-checks that have gone in her favor. The most recent, a PolitiFact article in July, found: “no evidence that Clinton has ever said she wants to repeal or abolish the Second Amendment. She has called for stronger regulations, but continuously affirms her support for the right to bear arms.”

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