With elections less than 60 days away, several Senate candidates are doubling down on messaging by putting out expensive television advertisements to woo voters.
In a new ad, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, assembles an AR-15 blindfolded as a means to call out his opponent's stance on gun control. The NRA is running ads against Kander, a Democrat.
Kander, who is currently challenging Roy Blunt for Missouri's Senate seat, was a part of the Missouri Army National Guard, the Army Reserve, and served in Afghanistan.
In the ad, he rails against Blunt's stance on gun control, saying:
“In the Army, I learned how to use and respect my rifle. In Afghanistan, I volunteered to be an extra gun in a convoy of unarmored SUVs. And in the state legislature, I supported Second Amendment rights. I also believe in background checks, so that terrorists can't get their hands on one of these [guns].”
But while the NRA may be zeroing in on Kander, he's also gotten support from gun control advocates. American for Responsible Solutions (ARS), a group founded by former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired NASA astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, applauded his effort.
In a statement, ARS executive director Peter Ambler said:
“Jason Kander knows that with our rights come responsibilities - and he just showed Missourians exactly why he is ready to do what Roy Blunt has never done: stand up to the Washington gun lobby, do more to keep guns out of the wrong hands, and protect the rights of responsible gun owners.”
Senator Blunt faces somewhat of a tough reelection campaign. According to the latest polling average from Real Clear Politics, Kander trails Blunt by almost five points. Several analyses call Missouri's Senate seat a toss-up.
Editor's note: This post has been updated to include a statement from Americans for Responsible Solutions.