Hey, when you’ve got an agenda, who cares if you screw up the basic details? But really, this is embarrassing, even for the mini-mayor Mike Bloomberg.
The first rule is to always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. In this case, the children are playing in the yard. Although the viewers can’t see what is to the side of the truck, the man should be pointing the muzzle in the air or at the ground.
The second NRA rule is always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
In the ad “Responsibility,” the man has his finger on the trigger, as if ready to shoot. While doing this, he says, “I believe in the Second Amendment, and I’ll fight to protect it. But with rights come responsibilities.” To make an ad demonstrating gun safety, the man would put his forefinger straight above the trigger guard on the firearm to indicate it is in a safe mode.
The third NRA safety rule is always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. This would mean the man is in a situation where the gun is available for immediate use — such a deer could step out at any time while hunting or the firearm is safely stored but ready for quick self-defense as needed.
In the ad called “Family,” the man says that, “My dad taught me to hunt, and I’ll teach my kids. I’ve owned a gun all my life, and I’ll fight for my right to keep it.”
While saying this, he holds the pump-action shotgun with the action (bolt) closed, so it is impossible to know if it is loaded. To make this a demonstration of safety, the bolt would be wide open to demonstrate that it is unloaded.
Could this guy be any more of a cartoon character? Flannel shirt, pickup truck and the cap? This is how the Bloombergs of the world look at gun owners. A bunch of hayseed hicks driving around in pickups with a gun racks. We’re surprised they didn’t name the guy Cletus.