Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
OMAHA—Mayor Jim Suttle is the last candidate in the race with a TV ad but he’s the first and only one targeting guns and ammo.
“I’m the only candidate who would ban assault weapons in Omaha and limit high capacity magazines,” says Suttle.
With a deadly serious tone (see video below) Suttle notes several of the most gruesome mass murders in recent memory, including one that hits more than close to home.
“It’s been 88 days since Newtown, 235 days since Aurora, 1,924 days since the mass shooting at the Westroads Mall.”
The ad comes one month after an exclusive report by Nebraska Watchdog which analyzed the five major candidates’ views on gun control, specifically noting a letter signed by Suttle and dozens of mayor’s across the country urging President Obama and Congress to “mandate criminal background checks on all U.S. gun sales and remove military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines from our streets.”
Nebraska Watchdog asked Suttle’s four main opponents—independent Brad Ashford and Republicans Dave Nabity, Jean Stothert and Dan Welch—if they would have signed the letter.
All four said “no.”
At least one of the four, City Councilwoman Stothert, apparently believes the report is helpful to her bid. She posted it on her campaign website.
But Suttle wears his rivals’ opposition to his anti-gun stance as a badge of honor.
In the ad Suttle complains that as mayor he’s “tired of waiting for Washington” which “still hasn’t banned assault weapons.”
He concludes the ad with one final number.
“It’s 21 days ‘til election day (April 2 is the primary election) send a message that this can never happen again.”
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