A progressive Democrat who’s running for a seat in the US Congress representing New Mexico has release a new fifteen-second ad that has already drawn notoriety. Unfortunately, most comments have been about the language he uses rather than about the content of his message.
In the ad, Davis—who is currently a city councilor in Albuquerque and is himself a survivor of gun violence—says,
Fuck the NRA. Their pro-gun policies have resulted in dead children, dead mothers, and dead fathers. I’m Pat Davis, and I approve this message–because if Congress won’t change our gun laws, we need to change Congress.
KRQE, Alburquerque’s CBS affiliate, asked Davis, a former police officer, about the ad. “I think the only people who are going to be offended are the NRA,” he said. “Being polite hasn’t gotten us anywhere so maybe it’s time to do something different.”
The Federal Election Commission says the station has to run the ad uncensored. KRQE general manager Bill Anderson explains:
We received a request for air time from a legitimate federal candidate for office, and according to federal election rules we are required to give him the same access as his opponents. This station, by law, is not permitted to censor or in any way edit this commercial. What we can control however, is the 15 seconds of air time preceding it, which we will use to warn the viewer of a possible offense, explain our own views, and cite the federal laws imposed on candidates and tv stations.
A number of people reacted negatively to the F-bomb, but even some who objected to the language found themselves agreeing with the sentiment. For example, one of Davis’s opponents in the upcoming election, Deb Haaland, stated:
The NRA and the arms industry are responsible for horrific preventable deaths all across America—with communities of color hardest hit by this epidemic of violence. I fully understand the anger many people are expressing, and I share it—even if I might use different words.
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