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Next, they’ll shoot blindfolded: NRA counters Kander gun-assembly TV spot

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander assembled an AR-15 blindfolded in TV commercial advocating gun background checks, which has spurred counter spots from his opponent, Roy Blunt, and the National Rifle Association
U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander assembled an AR-15 blindfolded in TV commercial advocating gun background checks, which has spurred counter spots from his opponent, Roy Blunt, and the National Rifle Association AP

Jason Kander’s blindfolded, gun-assembling pitch for background checks continues to beget more spots about guns and blindfolds.

The Democrat running for U.S. Senate debuted his buzz-generating spot last week — yet again reminding people that he’s an Army veteran and taking on criticism from incumbent Republican Roy Blunt and the National Rifle Association with his own gun-toting machismo.

On Tuesday morning, the Blunt campaign responded with 30 seconds that started with Kander’s commercial before morphing into an NRA “F” for his voting record in the Missouri legislature.

Later Tuesday, the NRA put out its own slap at the Kander spot and tried to flip the blindfold gimmick against the challenger.

“Jason Kander has a blindfold, and he has a good trick with his gun, but he’s not telling the truth about your gun.

“As a liberal Jefferson City politician, Jason Kander voted against your right to defend yourself in your own home with a firearm,” a narrator says as the image on screen shifts from Kander’s spot to less flattering pictures of the candidate and another blindfold.

“Now that he wants your vote, Kander is trying to cover up his record.

“Don’t let Jason Kander put a blindfold on you.”

Here’s the spot that got this started.

Scott Canon: 816-234-4754, @ScottCanon

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