GOP Senator’s ‘Mass Murder’ Ad Quickly Deleted After Highland Park Shooting

A Republican senator reportedly wanted to air a clumsily inaccurate radio ad about the cause of the “latest mass murder” after the shootings in Highland Park, Illinois on Monday.

The campaign of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who is seeking re-election, wanted the ad downplaying gun violence pulled from the airwaves after the mass shooting at a July 4 parade that made at least seven dead and dozens more. injured, according to emails detailed by The Intercept.

“America’s last mass murder didn’t involve guns,” the ad begins, then talks about the 53 people who were found dead or dying in a stuffy tractor-trailer left on the outskirts of San Antonio on June 27 in an apparent migrant smuggling operation.

You can listen to the radio ad below.

A Katz Radio Group vice president of sales who worked on the ad for Johnson’s campaign reportedly called for the ad to be “removed as soon as possible” a day after the Highland Park shooting.

The Katz Radio executive said, “If you listened to the spot, it talks about mass shootings, which obviously isn’t good creativity after last weekend (especially in Chicago).”

Johnson has been an opponent of gun control and received a rating of 83% or higher from groups including the National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation and Gun Owners of America in years past, according to the non-profit organization Vote Smart.

A 21-year-old man has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder in connection with the parade shooting. The suspect allegedly legally purchased the weapon, which police described as a “high-powered rifle”, according to Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering.


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