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2018 Midterms: Over 100,000 Gun Control Ads Have Aired This Year

Steve Sisolak stares out his car window at the Las Vegas Strip. “I’ll never forget driving down after the shooting,” he says to the camera. In the background a piano plays a somber note. “Walking through the site,” he continues. “Hearing cellphones ringing with people trying to find their loved one.” We see images of traumatized victims and police officers after the Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people. “When I’m governor,” Sisolak declares, “we’re going to ban assault rifles, bump stocks, silencers. We need to take action.”

Sisolak’s television spot is one of 102,636 pro gun-control ads that have aired during the 2018 Midterm elections. In 2014 there were only 4,500. That’s an increase by 22 fold.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Americans are more likely to see ads that promote rather than oppose stricter gun control laws. States like Nevada and Florida that saw zero gun control ads last midterm have already seen over 45,000.

The increase of ads is a result of the gun-control lobby’s deepening pockets. Every Town for Gun Safety, funded by Michael Bloomberg, has pledged $8 million to anti-gun candidates. Families vs. Assault Rifles, the Super PAC started by parents from Parkland FL, also promised to fund anti Second Amendment candidates. Major corporations like Levi Strauss and Bank of America have thrown their support to stricter gun-control initiatives.

To be fair, many of the anti gun ads have taken place during the primary season, when rhetoric is more extreme. The NRA has stated that is has only begun to spend money on the midterms. Already there are pro-gun messages running in Montana and West Virginia.

Yet the statistics raise alarm. It’s no secret that the gun-control lobby sees the midterms as their best chance to curtail the Second Amendment, and they’re putting their money where their mouth is. They’ve already made gains in state legislatures and now look to push their agenda at the federal level. With November fast approaching, the ads aren’t going to disappear anytime soon.

What do you think? Will the increase in anti-gun ads have an effect on the midterms? Let us know in the comments below.

*Editor's Note: If this tells us anything, it's that we need to get out and vote this November.*

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13 Responses to 2018 Midterms: Over 100,000 Gun Control Ads Have Aired This Year

  1. Albert September 23, 2018 at 8:27 am #

    NEVER underestimate the stupidity of the American People…..they’ll vote for ‘Santa Clause’ every time…

    • Bob September 25, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

      You are so right! (Correct), people are so stupid, it worries me greatly!

    • Fred Mueller September 25, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

      I would say, NEVER underestimate the ignorance and stupidity of LIBERAL Americans! There are plenty of conservative, intelligent Americans who will vote for a good man/woman every time! Liberals don’t have the capacity to
      tie their own shoes! Don’t ever try to reason with them. It’s a total waste of time

  2. Herschel Butler September 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm #

    Our forefathers gave up personal security for freedom, unfortunately the reverse is happening in America and has been for quite some time people are willing to give up their freedom for what they consider security. Real or perceived it is unfortunate. We can only hope that those that want something for nothing will sit on their Laurels and not go out and vote, we must go out and vote and be proactive.

  3. Paul September 25, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

    There are arguments both ways on the issue of gun ownership and regulations.

    I would like to see stronger background checks, more requirements for those that carry to learn the Laws of Self Defense and to demonstrate a level of shooting ability for defense before getting a CC Permit. Can’t see that happening with politics as they are.

    Most of all, I would like to see guns removed from the criminal element. Can’t see that happening with the underground market for guns (it’s like the underground market for drugs).

    It has become a political issue and over hyped by the right and the let and their are not enough moderates, likely nothing will happen that is constructive.

    I have had only a shotgun since 1954 when I bought one for hunting (as a 16 year old teenager and still have it with an added short barrel). As of Dec 2015 I became interested in shooting and bought my first pistol (SR22) and since have several other 22 pistols and a 380 for target and practice. Then a 9MM which I consider more for defense and mostly use for Defense Practice. I am involved in learning the issue of Self Defense, CC, and The Laws of Self Defense.

    That said, I would hate to loose the right to own a gun. As far as high powered high capacity automatics, bump stocks, etc. I don’t have a need and don’t care one way or the other, but they are largely designed for killing.

    • BOB MANNING September 26, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

      SIR: You sure have thing wrong,, AS you know people kill not guns!!IT has always been this way!! guns == can not walk, talk, see, hear.. they just lay around doing nothing
      But if you take note when people die buy any means guess what there is thing behind IT
      A HUMAN !!! …I TO OWN AND SAFETY ON HOW to USE THEN..AND if a gun does nothing a large mag means nothing to gun one way or other SO have any of your guns jumps up and rob,kill ,anyone I doubt that!!! I hunt with PISTOL ,RIFLE ,AND TEACH
      BLACK POWER,, HUNTING IN OUR STATE, SO YOU NEED TO RETHINK YOUR CONCERN OF GUNS WHO DOES WHAT??? GUNS OR HUMANS GOOD OR BAD!!!

  4. Steve September 25, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

    This is what happened in Germany and it’s happening here nobody gets it

  5. Edward September 25, 2018 at 8:16 pm #

    Unfortunately, Most of the people do not have any knowledge of firearms and believe anything that is told to them, because if it is on the internet or in the news, it must be true. The MSM is not telling the whole story, like that most of the mass shooters have been Democrats and except for a few, every mass shooting of 3 or more people has happened in Gun Free Zones. The pro firearm groups need to start getting the facts out that the antis are keeping from the general public..

  6. Brendan Burger September 25, 2018 at 9:12 pm #

    People need to understand that if the government takes the good guys guns that will let the bad guys with guns. We will not have the means to defend ourselves or other’s.

  7. Brian Anthony September 26, 2018 at 5:17 am #

    I have been teaching gun safety for well over fifty years, since my time in the military, am an NRA certificated instructor and Range Safety Officer and have kept quiet except in the gun world about my Second Amendment beliefs. Without the freedoms we have in America, including the Second Amendment, we will become a second world country run by a dictator. All one has to do is look at the shacks and food lines in the Socialist run countries today. The people want to come here, where they have the freedom to choose. Without the Second Amendment we will loose all of our rights. Freedom of speech will be the second right to go.

    • James Dearing September 26, 2018 at 11:13 am #

      Well spoken, sir!

  8. Jon c September 26, 2018 at 8:33 am #

    If it gets to the point of our guns being taken away then the new weapon of choice would be across bow. I don’t believe that it will get too that.

  9. ROGER September 26, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

    IF WE OUR GUN RIGHTS,WE WILL GRADUALLY LOSE ALL OF OUR RIGHTS, ENGLAND BANNED GUNS,NOW THEY ARE TRYING TO BAN KNIVES WITH POINTS,ONE MAYOR THERE IS TRYING TO BAN CARS.PRETTY SOON YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO OWN ANYTHING THAT COULD BE USED FOR A WEAPON(REMEMBER HUNGER GAMES?)HOW FAR AWAY IS THAT FROM NOW?

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