The United States’ pro-gun lobby group, the National Rifle Association, has stepped up its campaign against U.S. President Barack Obama.
The NRA released a video titled Australia Means Bans Confiscation featuring the Australian government’s gun buyback advertising campaign. The video warns that implementing a similar scheme would mean “bans and confiscations” for American gun owners. The video was posted on the NRA’s official YouTube page featuring Obama and U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton discussing Australia’s gun laws.
The clip goes on to quote newspaper articles from the 1990s, when the buyback scheme was introduced following the Port Arthur Massacre. The video also shows posters and leaflets about the scheme and highlighted lines such as “If you own a gun which you keep to protect yourself, your family and your property, you must dispose of it legally […] When you’re talking about Australia, you’re talking about bans and confiscations.”
Gun control plays an important role in the political campaign of U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. U.S. President Barack Obama said during a recent speech that background checks on firearm sales should increase. “I believe in the Second Amendment, there written on paper, that guarantees the right to bear arms […] but I also believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment,” Obama said.
In addition to expanding the background check system to cover sales which occur at gun shows and online, the president said the administration will offer more funding for mental health treatment, FBI staff and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agents.