The National Rifle Association is tying President Obama and Hillary Clinton to Australia’s gun buy-back program, arguing the two Democrats want to confiscate American guns.
The NRA’s message is part of a broader pushback against executive actions on gun control announced by Obama.
The new video opens with a clip of Obama at a CNN town hall in which the president dismisses the idea his administration is trying to take everyone’s guns away.
“We are creating a plot to take everybody’s guns away so that we can impose martial law,” he quipped, wiht some sarcasm. “Yes, that is a conspiracy.”
With foreboding music, it also highlights comments Clinton made at a New Hampshire town hall in October that Australia’s firearm confiscation and buyback is “a good example” that is “worth considering.”
“The Australian government, as part of trying to clamp down on the availability of automatic weapons, offered a good price for buying hundreds of thousands of guns, and then they basically clamped down going forward in terms of having, you know, more of a background-check approach, more of a permitting approach,” Clinton said.
The NRA video then flashes to various articles and news releases about the Australian program, launched after a gunman killed 35 people in 1996.
The government purchased 650,000 guns, including semiautomatic and automatic rifles and shotguns, in a mandatory buyback program.
Headlines about the program that are highlighted by the NRA include “Have You Handed In Your Illegal Firearms?”
Language is highlighted in the article noting that “the penalties for not complying are severe.”
The NRA also highlights that those penalties could include public arrest and criminal conviction, with up to 12 months in prison.
Another article in the video is titled, “Personal Protection is no reason to have a gun.”
The video makes the argument that despite Obama’s comments about a conspiracy, he and other Democrats really do want to confiscate U.S. guns.
“When they’re talking about Australia, they’re talking about bans & confiscation,” the video states in bold type at the end.
The NRA is urging people to voice their opposition and sign a petition against “federal gun confiscation.”
“Don’t let what happened in Australia happen here,” it said in a post accompanying the video.