Bloomberg Losing Out in His War Against GunsPosted: April 30, 2014
Bloomberg Losing Out in His War Against Guns
by JBS President John F. McManus
Michael Bloomberg is a very wealthy man, possibly among the top ten richest in the United States. And all indications are that he made his money legitimately. Success in the business world spurred him to seek similar victories in the worlds of politics and controversial causes.
In 2001, he spent a generous portion of his wealth to win election as Mayor of New York City, a post he then held for 12 full years. A Democrat as a younger man, he announced a switch to Republican for his first run at the office, a narrow victory that cost him $74 million. Midway through his second four-year term, he bolted out of the GOP and registered as an Independent. He then successfully campaigned to change the city’s term limits law so he could win a third four-year term.
The Bloomberg agenda, no matter what label he attached to himself, has always featured such strikingly liberal causes as global warming, abortion, same-sex marriage, amnesty for illegal immigrants, the United Nations, etc. But perhaps his most ardent interest has been in the arena of gun control. It is here where he has been a monumental failure, even a bit of an albatross for others who also don’t like the idea of people being armed.
In 2006, Bloomberg joined with Boston Mayor Tom Menino and 15 other mayors to form Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). Soon, there were over a thousand mayors and former mayors lending their names to the campaign that initially opposed “illegal” gun ownership but soon drifted into calling for some form of control. In a recent move that gained a bit of publicity, Poughkeepsie, New York Mayor John Tkazyik resigned from MAIG precisely because the group was now targeting the legal weaponry of law-abiding citizens. Mayor Tkazyik is one of more than 50 mayors who have quit the Bloomberg-Menino group during the past twelve months.
While still in office, Bloomberg injected his presence and his money into a recall effort in Colorado where two Democrat state senators were eventually run out of office because they had backed stricter gun laws. Colorado has had its share of mass killings starting with the tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999, and where a mentally deranged college student shot up a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora in 2012. Bloomberg’s $350,000 attempt to save the jobs of the two Democrats occurred in the wake of the mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut. Many Coloradans voiced their displeasure at New York’s mayor spending his money to back gun grabbers. They believe that armed citizens could have lessened the death toll, even prevented it, in each of the Colorado tragedies.
Only weeks ago and now out of office, Bloomberg pledged a whopping $50 million for a new campaign labeled “Everytown for Gun Safety.” Teaming up with “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America,” the new venture claims to be no threat to legal gun owners. But Moms, begun in 2012 by former Indianapolis communications executive Shannon Watts actually began with a slogan stating “One Million Moms for Gun Control” [emphasis added].
At last week’s annual NRA meeting held in Indianapolis, group officials welcomed over 7,000 attendees and showed them a new 40-second video acknowledging the Bloomberg plan to spend his millions against their wishes. “He’s one guy with millions,” states an unidentified NRA member in the program but “we’re millions with our 25 bucks. Let’s see who crushes who.” The video shows several more pledging their $25, the cost for annual membership dues. A much smaller gathering of less than 100 led by Moms founder Watts rallied on North Meridian Street, a few blocks away from the hall where the NRA’s thousands were meeting.
Michael Bloomberg notwithstanding, the American people continue to maintain their right to keep and bear arms.