A recently released NRA video entitled “You Haven’t Met America Yet” features a man addressing the “ayatollahs of Iran and every terrorist [they] enable,” and daring them to meet the real America.
“You might have met our fresh-faced flower child president and his weak-kneed, Ivy League friends,” musician and NRA member Charlie Daniels says. “But you haven’t met America.”
You haven’t met the heartland, or the people who will defend this nation with their bloody, calloused, bare hands, if that’s what it takes. You haven’t met the steelworkers and the hard-rock miners, or the swamp folks in Cajun country who can wrestle a full-grown gator out of the water.
You haven’t met the farmers, the cowboys, the loggers and the truck drivers. You don’t know the mountain men who live off the land, or the brave cops who fight the good fight in the urban war zones.
No, you’ve never met America. And you oughta pray you never do.
It’s the fifteenth episode in a campaign of one-minute spots called “America’s Safest Place.” Each video features a single person delivering an address to the camera and concluding with the words “I’m the National Rifle Association, and I’m freedom’s safest place.” The campaign is intended to “alert Americans to the threats to their freedoms that their leaders distract from and ignore.”
Other episodes include “San Bernardino,” in which the NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre says that “violent gangs wage bloody turf wars every night” in California, where “it’s the law-abiding, average Californians who face nightfall alone, with their faith and what’s left of their guns.”
Other episodes address a range of topics, including global terrorism. “We see what it’s like to be French, German or Belgian, where innocent people cower in fear as evil closes in, utterly aware of their own vulnerability, doomed to defend their families with rolling pins and broom handles,” LaPierre asserts in “Truly Free,” a jeremiad against the “global gun-ban order.” Another — called “South Side” — claims that Chicago politicians would “rather attack the gun rights of good people than crack down on the violent criminals who terrorize them.”
Some of the episodes do not even address guns or gun rights. One entitled “No Victim,” features a woman who claims that she came under federal investigation because she was trying to investigate and expose voter fraud.
In “The Truth About Benghazi,” a veteran asks, “Where was that courage among the politicians who had the power to make a difference during those 13 hours in Benghazi?”
And there’s “My President,” in which a woman says, “I want a woman president. But I want an honest president more. I want someone who can place their hand on a Bible and swear to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution — without telling a lie.”
This post has been updated.
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