An ad in the Las Vegas Review-Journal this weekend advertised a “Pre-Hillary Sale” on the Smith & Weston M&P Sport II semi-automatic sporting rifle.
“Don’t wait! Prices will skyrocket after Crooked Hillary gets in,” the ad says.
This rhetoric is clearly aimed at Donald Trump supporters. Not only does it use his signature phrase “Crooked Hillary,” but it’s also playing on the fear that Hillary is going to ban all guns if she is elected President.
"Pre-Hillary sale. Don't wait! Prices will skyrocket after Crooked Hillary gets in." Vegas armory ad in Adelson News. Wow! And…surrender? pic.twitter.com/c24FWw99L0
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) October 16, 2016
Clinton is not trying to repeal the Second Amendment or ban all guns. She is, however, likely to support legislation that expands background checks and what she considers “commonsense reforms to keep guns away from terrorists, domestic abusers, and other violent criminals.”
The ad is particularly dangerous because of the divisive, threatening rhetoric Trump and his followers have used throughout this campaign.
In August, Trump suggested “Second Amendment people” could help stop Clinton if she wins the election. In September, after erroneously telling his crowd that Clinton planned to “destroy” the Second Amendment, he said her bodyguards’ guns should be taken away to “see what happens to her.”
Notably, conservative billionaire Sheldon Adelson — a staunch Trump supporter — bought the Las Vegas Review-Journal last year.