- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The National Rifle Association released a new television ad Tuesday warning that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton could take away the right to self-defense for people looking to stop intruders into their homes.

The 30-second ad shows a woman frantically scrambling out of bed trying to grab a phone after the sound of glass breaking is heard.

“She’ll call 911. Average response time: 11 minutes,” a narrator says. “Too late.”

“She keeps a firearm in this safe for protection. But Hillary Clinton could take away her right to self-defense,” the narrator says, as the safe disappears.

“And with Supreme Court justices, Hillary can,” the narrator says. “Don’t let Hillary leave you protected with nothing but a phone.”

The NRA said the $5 million buy is the largest one for the group this cycle.

It is scheduled to air on national cable, as well as on regional broadcast in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia and Nevada.

The Clinton campaign said in response that the gun lobby is spending millions of dollars boosting GOP nominee Donald Trump and “lying” about Mrs. Clinton “because they know Trump will always do their bidding.”

“The fact is, too many families in America have suffered — and continue to suffer — from gun violence and the vast majority of the American people — including the vast majority of gun owners — believe we can and must do better,” said Clinton campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin.

The NRA is one group that’s provided Mr. Trump with some support on the airwaves, though he’s still getting vastly outspent by Mrs. Clinton and her team.

Mrs. Clinton and her allies have spent close to $157 million on general election ads, compared to about $34 million for Mr. Trump and his allies, according to analysis from NBC News Tuesday.

Mr. Trump has said Mrs. Clinton wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment — a claim Mrs. Clinton’s team denies.

The GOP nominee also drew some attention last week when he raised the prospect of Mrs. Clinton’s not having armed security to protect her.

“I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons,” he said. “I think they should disarm immediately … take their guns away. She doesn’t want guns.”

“Let’s see what happens to her,” he said. “Take their guns away, OK? It’d be very dangerous.”

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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