A new recruitment video from the National Rifle Association (NRA), a part of their new campaign “Freedom’s Safest Places” initiative, is attracting negative responses from people on both sides of the aisle.
It is nothing more than a means to increase NRA membership by calling for violence against Liberals, and Trump protesters in particular.
The clip, which featured NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, was initially posted on YouTube in early April, showed up on the NRA Facebook page on June 12, and instantly earned a ton of negative reviews from the left.
The video beckons supporters to attack protesters from the left with all their might. That the only way to stop violence is to fight against it with what she called “a clenched fist of truth.”
She pointed out the focus point of attack to be groups or individuals instigating protest against Trump.
A leader in Black Live Matters movement, DeRay Mckesson tweeted that the ad is:
“…An open call to violence to protect white supremacy. If I made a video like this, I’d be in jail.”
Loesch, who has been the NRAs spokesperson has fought hard to defend the purpose of the ad and clear the negative air surrounding the video.
This NRA ad is an open call to violence to protect white supremacy. If I made a video like this, I'd be in jail. pic.twitter.com/LD65yMUMVn
— deray mckesson 4:44 (@deray) June 29, 2017
She said in an interview on Thursday that the video is not a call for violence, but a call to end it:
“I think the ad is very clear, there are excerpts from actual riots that are included in the ad and that’s exactly what I’m addressing.”
Loesch cited a violent protest during Trump inauguration where protesters dressed in black, gathered on the streets close to the parade where Trump would pass on his way to the White House as President, and other scenes as examples of the kind of violent acts condemned in the video.
The 1 thing that is a bald-faced lie is showing those clips of protests. 0 of those were from the past 6 months. Our protests are peaceful.
— Jay Patel (@Jay_A_Patel_27) June 29, 2017
Aside from the fact that many of the clips used in the video appear that they aren’t even from protests against Trump, the language used certainly seems like a call to arms.