The Super Bowl is the one time that people actually look forward to watching commercials. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that presidential candidates would want to get in on that fun. However, few can afford to pay the high prices required. This year, a 30-second commercial to be aired during the game of the year cost just over $5 million.
But money is of no consolation for candidates like Democrat and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg. He had not one but two Super Bowl commercials, and they were both a whole minute long. That’s $20 million just for two ads.
If you didn’t see them or remember them, don’t worry. Few seemed to notice them at all. For someone with concerns about the environment, it seems he should have spent that money on something else rather than a commercial or two that barely anyone noticed.
However, some people did notice, and they were none too happy about what they saw and heard, mainly because they were filled with Democratic lies.
One ad featured the tragic death of 20-year-old George Kemp Jr., who was killed in a 2013 shooting in a neighborhood near his home in Texas. His devastated mother and Bloomberg speak of the 2,900 children who, according to Bloomberg’s anti-gun organization Everytown for Gun Safety, die in gun violence each year.
However, the ad has a few problems.
Firstly, while Kemp’s death is tragic, the ad portrays him as a child who died innocently. But that’s not exactly the case. As I mentioned before, Kemp was 20 years old, a legal adult.
In addition, he knowingly put himself in harm’s way and not in a hero type of situation.
As the Houston Chronicle and several local news outlets reported at the time, Kemp and a few friends had driven to a nearby neighborhood to pick a fight with a local teenager. When they arrived, the seventeen-year-old they were looking for showed up with a few of his friends. One of those friends was carrying a handgun and after being told to by his friend, shot and killed Kemp.
While it is doubtful that Kemp went there expecting a gunfight, he did, in fact, go looking for trouble. Furthermore, it has been suspected that gang ties could be made between the young men involved.
So Bloomberg painting this young man as a mere innocent is a bit dishonest, wouldn’t you say?
However, there’s more. The statistic his organization quotes is distorted as well. He says that 2,900 children die every year due to gun violence. This comes from a report Everytown put out in 2013 that states, “2,900 children and teens (aged 0-19) are shot and killed” each year.
You will note that 0-19 also includes those that are legally not children anymore. As Tobias Hoonhout of National Review points out, “The same data, when reviewed for the same time-frame while omitting legal adults – 18 and 19-year-olds – show an average of 1,499 annual gun deaths for children, or about 51 percent of the number claimed in Bloomberg’s ad.”
Again, the loss of life is indeed tragic, but that doesn’t mean Bloomberg needs to lie about the actual numbers just to make his proposed policies sound better.
Lord knows those from the NRA aren’t buying it. So they put out an ad of their own with a direct message to Mike Bloomberg: “We will fight for our freedom.”
NRA members in attendance at this week’s Great American Outdoors Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, took the time to tell Bloomberg precisely what they thought about his anti-gun policies.
One man said, “Mike Bloomberg suggests that disarming minority males, like myself, will keep us alive, but I have news for you: Mike Bloomberg is a white billionaire who has no place in telling me how I can defend myself or my loved ones. And, Mike, as an African American male that you want to disarm, I promise you will never take away my Second Amendment right.”
Everyone else had a similar message for Bloomberg, suggesting that the hypocrisy his billions buy will do him no good in this fight.
One asked, “Mr. Bloomberg: your home is protected by armed guards at all times. Why can’t I exercise my Second Amendment right to protect mine?”
Unlike Mike, most Americans can’t afford armed guards, so we arm ourselves. So long as there are dangers in this world, we continue to fight for that right.