In Alabama, Governor Kay Ivy unpacked something from his lipstick, iPhone, and other purses. One campaign ad — “A little Smith & Wesson .38,” she said.Georgia Governor Republican Candidate Declared elsewhere“I believe in Jesus, guns, babies.”
In Nevada An ad for former Senator Dean Heller (now a Republican governor candidate) boasted about his wife’s shooting skills.When North CarolinaSpot of Congressman Ted Budd, Republican Senator CandidateHe boasted of owning a gun range.
The nation Massacre at Texas Elementary School In the case of a gunner killing 19 children and two teachers, a review of Republican and Democratic ads in the first few months of 2022 highlighted a huge cultural rift to American guns. .. As both parties navigated their respective primaries, Republicans were much more likely than Democrats to use messages about guns to activate their bases in the medium term.Continuously Collapse..
Since January, less than 20 TV ads from Democratic candidates and their affiliated groups have mentioned the fight against guns or gun violence, according to a review of data from media tracking company AdImpact until Tuesday.
But this year, more than 100 television ads from Republican candidates and advocates use guns as a buzz and visual motif. The gun has been fired or swung or is being discussed but not shown.
This disparity highlights how much the Republicans can benefit from the gun campaign in the primary and how much the Democrats can benefit from.
Republican primaries often compete to show how conservative they are in a polarized landscape more defined by heated cultural battles. And the gun is a simple visual shorthand.
“Basically, Republican primary candidates are trying to explain to Republican primary voters that they will be on their side when it comes to the cultural Cold War they are currently fighting,” said Republican strategist Robert Blizzard. Said.
Democratic primaries generally favor gun control, so find other ways to draw contrast. But this issue also needs attention as the Democrats navigate politically. Democratic voters — and many other Americans, Poll shows — Supports a wider range of actions. However, breaking gun control in a campaign risks reminding voters that Democrats were unable to take meaningful action, even though they controlled Congress with a narrow margin. Continue to face long odds.
Within hours of the shooting in Texas, upset Democrats in Washington vowed to try again. Pursue a compromise Republicans and Republicans on gun control that could pass through the split Senate.But the challenge is Immediately understandAnd the anger and frustration of democracy was obvious.
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Senator Ruben Gallego of Arizona reached out to the destroyer to blame Republicans for random.Former Member of the House Beto O’Rourke Suspended press conference It was hosted by Governor Greg Abbott of Texas, who opposes this year’s governor’s election, to accuse Republicans of “doing nothing.” And many Democrats expressed anger and anguish, admitting that the path of progress was uncertain given the Republican opposition.
How or whether Texas Worst since school shooting, Sandy HookIt remains unclear whether it will change the situation in the mid-term elections.Some Democratic candidates, including Georgia Governor Stacey Abrams, are already planning to cast Republican opposition. As a radical About gun rights. The House Democratic Campaign Division promised, “Republicans won’t. We remind voters to keep fighting for a common-sense solution.” And John Feinblatt, President of Everytown for Gun Safety, said: Spent a lot of money Through its political sector before the general election — the organization “moves heaven and earth to defeat candidates who prioritize NRA priorities over public security.”
But so far, there has been much more activity on the Republican issue. In almost every major Republican primary this year, candidates are scrambling to describe themselves as being most closely associated with gun culture.
Advertisement by former Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, who lost the Republican primary in the Senate Use tagline “Parent God, Parent Gun, Parent Trump.” Air Force veteran JR Majewski in the Ohio primary TV advertising When he had a rifle, he said, “I will do whatever it takes to bring this country back to its former glory,” and then triggered.
In Pennsylvania, both former hedge fund executive David McCormick and celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz sought to beat skeptical primary voters in advertising. Show them the shoot.. With oneMcCormick tells viewers that protecting Article 2 of the Constitutional Amendment is “a guarantee of the rest.”of anotherDr. Oz calls himself “Pro Life, Pro Second Correction, Pro Freedom”.
In Arkansas, an ad run by a group of army veteran and former professional soccer player Jake Bequette, who failed the Republican preliminary election to Senator John Boozman on Tuesday, repeated the following phrase:Baby, border, bulletWe called them “values we value” and showed them clips of candidates aiming at assault rifles.
And in Nevada, Mr. Heller declared that Article 2 of the Constitutional Amendment was about both hunting and “knowing that a criminal would come after one of my daughters.”
“It will be the last time he has ever done,” one daughter chimed.
Far fewer Democrats have major ads on gun control and gun violence.
In New York, Congressman Tom Suozzi Long shot primary campaign Emphasizes her to Governor Kathy Hochul Support a few years ago From the National Rifle Association.For her part, Hochul’s ad quotes her work “We will crack down on illegal guns to make our neighborhood safer.”
Other Democrats have posted advertisements that personally touched on gun violence and described it as a problem that prompted public affairs. advertisement Deputy Governor John Fetterman of Pennsylvania said he was a candidate for the state’s Senate and was the first to enter politics “to stop violence” after two students were shot dead. And Austin Davis, a candidate for his successor party, Fighting gun violence After the neighbor was shot.
Wife of Craig Greenberg, a Democratic candidate for the mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, Told How her husband Survived the shooting In his campaign office in February. And Mayor Cavalier Johnson of Milwaukee said: His car was hit by a NagaredamaBy promising to crack down on gun violence.
But perhaps the Democratic ad is in more vivid and personal terms than the Democratic incumbent was forced to vie for one seat in primary support for Georgia’s Congressman Lucy McBath. Nothing has tackled the subject.
McBass’s teenage son, a young black man shot And in 2012 he was killed by a white man. Her campaign By Collaborative external groupIncluding the political sector Everytown for gun safetyMcBath’s group worked Because she emphasized her efforts and tragic experience to prevent gun violence.
At the end of the House nomination in District 7 of Georgia on Tuesday night, McBass used that experience to explain the pain his parents in Uvalde, Texas, felt for the first time.
“We paid for free gun access by calling a mother and father who took a breath for air when their despair did not make them breathe,” she said.
“We are exhausted,” she continued. “We cannot continue to be the only country in the world that has caused this to happen over and over again.”