It's a common Republican scare tactic to claim that Democrats seeking common sense gun safety reform are on a secret mission to take all of Americans' guns.
But former Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) just took that conspiracy theory a step further in a new campaign ad for his election to the open House of Representatives seat for Georgia's ninth district.
Watch the bizarre campaign ad below.
Broun says in the ad:
"In uncertain times like these, the right to defend yourself, your property, or your family could not be more important. Whether it's looting hordes from Atlanta or a tyrannical government from Washington, there are few better liberty machines than an AR-15."
Broun's claim that AR-15's are needed to protect is an unmistakable racist dog whistle. Georgia's 9th district—which Broun hopes to represent—is nearly 90 percent white. Atlanta, on the other hand, is majority-Black.
Broun denied that he said anything about race in his campaign video—after all, they call it a "dog whistle" because it's harder for the untrained ear to hear the implications:
"Only the liberal press would take that kind of position. There are a lot of white people in Atlanta as well."
One is led to wonder if Broun would fight as militantly for the right of a Black person to walk around brandishing an AR-15 as cavalierly as he does in his campaign ad.
People didn't seem to think so.
Astonishingly, Broun also advertised an AR-15 giveaway in the ad, saying:
"I'm just not feeling like giving up my guns to the government. And I've decided to give away an AR-15 to one lucky person who signs up for email updates from [his campaign website]."
The ad represented the worst of the Republican party, even to Republicans like lawyer and Trump critic George Conway.
Can he not?
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