Behind the Ad: Gun rights in the Montana House special election

Both the Democrat and the Republican running in the Montana special congressional election have ads out talking about how gosh darn supportive each is of gun rights.

Rob Quist is the Democrat. Greg Gianforte the Republican, and they are both “aiming” to fill a House seat left vacant by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. See what I did there?

Quist’s 30-second spot is all about how his guns enable him to defend his family, with a reference to the fact that he “won’t stand by while a millionaire from New Jersey tries to attack [his] Montana values,” which refers to the fact that Gianforte used to live in New Jersey, apparently a long time ago.

At the end of the spot Quist shoots a TV screen. Not sure why.

Gianforte’s ad claims “Quist wants to establish a national gun registry where personal information would be stored in a ‘big government computer,'” you know, so that the government would know where to go when they want to take your guns away – shades of “Red Dawn,” the 1984 movie gun enthusiasts love.

Gianforte’s ad ends with him firing at a computer screen.

What is it with candidates in Montana shooting up electronic equipment?

The special election is scheduled for May 25.

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