Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass) has demonstrated in his campaign that he is at least capable of jumping into the Senate’s divisive gun control debate after releasing an attack ad that targets his opponent, Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez, on guns.
“Gomez is against banning high-capacity magazines like the ones used in the Newtown school shooting,” a voice narrates. The ad then plays a clip of Gomez saying he does not support banning high capacity magazines.
“Markey blames me for the horrific Newtown shooting,” Gomez said in response to the ad, accusing his opponent of “exploiting a tragedy for political gain.”
Whether the ad will result in a successful election for Markey is yet to be determined, but the fact that a candidate in a high-profile U.S. Senate race has paid for an ad on this topic does reflect a shift since Newtown. After the legislation itself was defeated, advocates vowed to make gun control an election issue in 2014 midterm elections. Ads like these suggest they have done so sooner.