NRA Uses Orlando Shooting in Video to Sell Assault Weapons

If you’re a card-carrying member of the NRA, this week, you should consider canceling your membership. While I’m not sure what benefit  is gained by being a member of the NRA. What I can imagine is that it has nothing to do with your membership fees being used to make a commercial to sell a semi-automatic assault-styled weapon that was used in the tragedy that was the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.

NRA-assualt-weapon-video-orlando-shooting_1_650xMedia Matters reports that on June 15th, within days of a mass shooting that saw the death of 49 innocent victims and the hospitalization of 53 others, the NRA released a commercial video urging Americans to buy assault weapons to protect against terrorists and other threats. You know, because nothing protects your “life, liberty, and happiness,” like a semi-automatic assault weapon as the commercial video explicitly says.

On June 15 the NRA directly responded to the Orlando attack with the release of an NRA News commentary video called “The AR-15: Americans’ Best Defense Against Terror and Crime.” Sig Sauer is a sponsor of NRA News program “Defending Our America.” Numerous NRA corporate donors, including Sig Sauer, sell AR platform assault weapons.

In the video, NRA News commentator Dom Raso criticizes President Obama and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for their advocacy of an assault weapons ban in the wake of the Orlando attack.

The NRA video then made a number of arguments praising the abilities of the AR-15 — which also serve to explain how the gunman was able to kill and wound so many people in a short period of time.

Speaking to his experience as a firearms trainer, Raso claimed, “For the vast majority of people I work with there is no better firearm to defend their homes against realistic threats than an AR-15 semi-automatic. It’s easy to learn, and easy to use. It’s accurate, it’s reliable.”

Raso went on to claim the Founding Fathers would have supported the AR -15.

I’m sorry, but I’m pretty sure that the founding fathers would’ve been as supportive of the AR-15 as they would the idea of a Black President. But then again, I could be wrong. For all I know, unlike the federal government today, the founding fathers may have supported the sale of tanks, laser guided missiles, and rocket launchers to private citizens.

As a member of the NRA, you should be ashamed of this. You should be incensed that the NRA has essentially used the blood of the 49 victims killed and the 53 others wounded in this nation’s worst mass shooting to date, to market assault weapons under the guise of freedom.

Watch the video below: