The National Rifle Association’s political arm launched its first TV ad of the presidential election cycle, featuring a hero of the Benghazi terrorist attack in Libya, in a direct poke at Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.
The $2 million ad buy, paid for by the NRA’s Political Victory Fund, will run nationally on cable and local broadcast stations in key battleground states including Colorado, Ohio, Nevada, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maine.
“We cannot trust Hillary Clinton with our gun rights or our national security. The stakes in this election for law-abiding gun owners have never been higher, and the NRA will use all available resources to ensure that voters understand the consequences of a Hillary Clinton presidency on their fundamental right of self-defense,” said Chris W. Cox, chairperson of the NRA-PVF.
“By saying that the Supreme Court got it wrong in the historic Heller decision,” Cox said, “Hillary made it clear that she does not believe Americans have the right to keep a gun in their home to protect themselves.”
The 30-second ad features retired United States Marine Corps veteran and CIA security contractor Mark “Oz” Geist, who led the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 that saved the lives of 25 people. It shows Geist walking through Arlington National Cemetery urging people to not vote for Hillary Clinton based on what happened in Benghazi, where terrorists attacked the U.S. Special Mission Compound and CIA Annex, killing four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, while Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state.