Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) stood by his campaign ad, which features the gubernatorial candidate pointing a shotgun at his daughter’s date.
The ad, which is titled, “Jake,” shows Kemp sitting next to a teenage boy, who rattles off why Kemp wants to run for governor.
“Cap government spending … take a chainsaw to government regulations … make Georgia number one for small business,” Jake says.
Then Kemp asks the two things that are necessary if the teenage boy wants to date his daughter.
“Respect … a healthy appreciation for the Second Amendment, sir,” Jake answers.
Kemp then locks the gun in place and concludes, “We’re gonna get along just fine.”
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The ad was met with mixed reactions, and many people thought it was inappropriate to promote pointing a gun at another human being.
Beth Glover commented on the video, which was posted on Facebook, that her family includes “extremely active” National Rifle Association (NRA) members and that they were taught to never point a gun at a person.
“Sheer stupidity on your part and setting a bad example,” she added.
However, not everyone found the ad to be in poor taste, and various people showed their appreciation for it.
“Mr. Kemp this one ad changed my mind in an instant to vote for you!” Doug Berg commented. “I voted early for you yesterday! Kemp for governor, a true and unapologetic conservative!”
Kemp acknowledged the outrage but defended his ad and wrote on Twitter, “I’m conservative, folks. Get over it!”
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) May 2, 2018
During an interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Kemp explained that “it’s driving the liberal media crazy” but said that the people he’s met all over Georgia “love the ad” and think it’s funny.
He added that along with showcasing his support for the Second Amendment, the ad shows he loves his daughters and his family.