A Missouri Democratic Senate hopeful, Jason Kander, could pull off an unlikely victory in the state due to a video showcasing his gun skills.
Jason Kander, 35, is challenging incumbent Republican senator Roy Blunt, 66, in the race for Missouri. Kander had trailed behind Blunt for most of the race – until a 32-second video ad turned the tables.
The clip shows Kander, a former Army captain, wearing a blindfold while effortlessly assembling an AR-15 rifle.
At the same time, Kander explains why he is in favor of background checks – so that terrorists ‘can't get their hands on one of these'.
‘I approve this message,' Kander says defiantly after putting the gun together, removing his blindfold, ‘because I'd like to see Senator Blunt do this.'
Kander, who served in Afghanistan, says on his campaign website that he felt a calling to join the military after 9/11.
After serving in the military, Kander became Missouri's Secretary of State in 2012. He now lives in Columbia with his wife Diana and their three-year-old son True.
The ad has now gathered 1.2 million views – 20 times more than Kander's second most-watched clip, released at the same time, in which he talks about his support for veterans.
A poll by Emerson College unveiled in September, showed Kander is now two points ahead of Blunt in the Missouri Senate race.
It seems obvious due to the poll numbers after this video, that it does have an effect when politicians show that they are responsibly pro-2nd amendment. It is a wonderful rarity to see a candidate who is able to back up their love of guns in such a manner. And even though it seems Kander is pro-background checks, he seems to be in a way that is for the safety of the country, in his mind. Which to me says that even though we may disagree, we can at least understand where the other is coming from. More than I can say for many politicians this election cycle.
What do you think about Kander's video? Do you think that more pro-gun candidates should show off their skills? Would that make you want someone in office, more? Let us know in the comments below.