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Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

New York City Nanny, er, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is bankrolling a $12 million television ad campaign to lobby senators in key states, Pennsylvania included, to vote for new gun-control legislation, specifically universal background checks.

But a dangerous thing happened on the way to a TV screen near you.

In one of the ads, a supposed common guy outfitted in a flannel shirt, seated on the tailgate of a pickup truck and touting “responsible” gun ownership, violates three fundamental rules of safe gun handling.

As Emily Miller of The Washington Times first reported, the man, with children playing in the background, holds a shotgun in an unsafe position — to his side, when it should be either straight up or down.

Additionally, his finger appears to be on the trigger. Gun safety rules long promoted by that dastardly lobby known as the National Rifle Association (and every other safety group) call for the forefinger — the trigger finger — to point straight ahead, placed above the trigger guard, to prevent accidental firing.

Just as bad, the bolt, or “action,” of the pump-action shotgun being held is closed. Safety demands that a gun not ready to be fired not be loaded. And that's signified by an open action.

Mr. Bloomberg has every right to push for his cause. But his effort, misguided as it is, also is reckless in its shocking disregard for basic gun safety.

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