We’re not concerned with Michael Bloomberg spending so much money since the moribund Obama economy could use any boost. But for weeks now the caterwauling from the left about the evil Koch Brothers daring to exercise their rights as Americans has been widely condemned as trying to “buy democracy” or something. Bloomberg spending $50 million on a pointless cause? Hey, no problem!
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend $50 million this year to build a nationwide grassroots network on gun control in a direct challenge to the National Rifle Association, The New York Times reported.
The new lobbying group, called Everytown for Gun Safety, will encompass other gun control groups funded by Bloomberg, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the report said.
Bloomberg told the Times the strategy will focus on expanding the background check system for gun buyers at the state and national levels. He made nearly $14 million in federal campaign contributions for gun-control candidates in the 2012 elections.
“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,'” he said of the NRA. “‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.'”
The 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut —where a gunman used an assault rifle to kill 20 children and six others— led some cities and states to enact laws banning high-capacity magazines.
Bloomberg’s group will target 15 states, including places where gun control laws have been implemented recently, and parts of the country seen as gun-friendly like Texas, Montana and Indiana, the Times reported.
Good luck with that, Mikey. Not surprisingly, Dingy Harry telegraphed this move by Bloomberg by tweeting this Tuesday.
10k Americans have been victims of gun violence since background checks were blocked last April. I will keep fighting for them. #fight4the33
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) April 15, 2014
You know, it’s almost as if he’s working in concert with Bloomberg and had advance knowledge of this story. Apparently Reid doesn’t mind big money when it favors his pet causes.