Jan 30, 2020 - Health

Bloomberg to run gun control ad during Super Bowl

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg on Jan. 26. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Mike Bloomberg will feature a 60-second campaign ad titled "George" after the Super Bowl halftime show highlighting Calandrian Simpson Kemp, a mother from Texas whose 20-year-old son was shot and killed during an altercation.

Why it matters: The $11 million ad will run in front of what is routinely the largest television audience of the year and will promote gun safety measures to curb gun violence.

Details: Bloomberg's campaign this week will also release additional ads featuring survivors of gun violence from 12 states to show the effect of gun violence on communities around the country.

“I chose to devote the entire sixty-second ad to gun safety because it matters to communities across the country and it will be a top priority for me as president. Calandrian’s story is a powerful reminder of the urgency of this issue and the failure of Washington to address it. People will be rooting for different teams in the Super Bowl, but virtually all Americans — including people in both parties and a majority of gun owners — support universal background checks and other common sense gun laws.”
— Mike Bloomberg

The big picture: Bloomberg has proposed banning assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines and investing "at least" $100 million annually for public health research about gun violence.

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Gun control group Everytown to spend $1.25 million on competitive state legislatures

Protesters at a rally hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety plans to roll out $1.25 million for digital ad campaigns in five states where control of the legislatures is at play this year, Everytown first told Axios.

Why it matters: The group has committed to spending a total of $60 million on 2020 elections. This newest campaign will focus on pressuring competitive state legislatures, including in Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, to move forward on gun safety legislation.

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Where 2020 Democrats stand on gun control

Warren and Biden on the debate stage on Jan. 14. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced a new gun reform bill on Thursday with Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) that calls for raising the minimum age for all gun purchases to 21 and increasing the excise tax on gun sales to 30% and ammunition sales to 50%.

The big picture: 2019's mass shootings in El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; Virginia Beach; and near Odessa, Texas, have pushed 2020 Democrats to take harder stances on gun control than in the last presidential election, when Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton only briefly addressed the issue in their primary debate.

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Trump campaign previews Super Bowl ad

President Trump's 2020 campaign previewed its Super Bowl ad on Thursday, touting Trump's economic accomplishments.

The state of play: In a press release, the campaign stated the ad is one of two 30-second ads the campaign will air. The second one will debut during the game. Trump's campaign claims this is the first time that a presidential campaign purchased national Super Bowl advertising.