A Tea Party-backed candidate in Arizona, Ron Gould, is riding a wave of local media attention after releasing an ad in which he literally shoots a copy of the health care reform law, vowing to take it out if he's elected to Congress.
The ad features men fondling guns and includes appearances from Gould's sons, Ron Jr. and Robert Gould. But Robert does not carry a weapon in the ad, and for good reason: In January, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail after a felony theft conviction, which makes it illegal for him to possess firearms.
Gun rights and gun violence have a deep resonance in Arizona. On Tuesday, voters will go to the polls in a special election to fill the seat of Gabrielle Giffords, who resigned from Congress a year after she was shot in the head at a constituent event. (Gould is running in a different, heavily Republican district.)
Patrick Gerhart, Gould's campaign manager, said that the campaign made sure to keep Gould's felonious son away from the weapons. "His son Robert was not around any of those shots. His son Ronnie was in those shots," Gerhart noted accurately.
He said that both sons were in the ad to emphasize the family-run nature of Gould's air conditioning business.
Robert, 23, was convicted of stealing stuff from his father-in-law and pawning it.
Ron Gould, an Arizona state senator, has pushed for new gun laws that would allow weapons on college campuses and in public buildings.
Watch the ad here or enjoy our helpfully annotated version above.
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