Army veteran and candidate for United States Senator in Missouri, Jason Kander, assembles an AR-15 and then challenges the incumbent in a new campaign ad released Thursday.
During the ad, Kander can be seen standing at a table blindfolded and begins to call out his competitor, Roy Blunt, a seven term Congressman who was later elected to the Senate in 2010. Blunt is a huge gun rights and Second Amendment supporter who has the support of NRA behind him.
Kander says that Blunt has been attacking him over Second Amendment rights, but then states that while serving in the Army, he has learned to respect his rifle.
He adds that while he served as an Army captain in Afghanistan, he volunteered to be an extra gun in a convoy of unarmed SUV’s.
As he stands there, he begins to start assembling the AR-15 while blindfolded in a matter of seconds.
Kander notes that he is a supporter of Second Amendment rights and has been during his time serving in the state legislature. He adds that he is in favor of background checks “so terrorists don’t get their hands on one of these.”
Blunt received three student deferments during the Vietnam War and never served in the military, while Kander served in the Missouri National Guard and was an Army Intelligence Officer in Afghanistan.
“I approve this message, because I would like to see Senator Blunt do this” Kander says at the end of the ad with the rifle assembled.
NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said in a statement that voters “will not be fooled” by Kander’s TV ad.
“It doesn’t matter how skilled you are at assembling a rifle when you consistently vote against law-abiding citizens’ constitutional right to self-defense,” Baker said. “Voters will not be fooled. Jason Kander is just another politician lying about his record to get elected.”