Gun Control’s Godfather Is In the 2020 Race

Opinion By Larry Keane

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USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Michael Bloomberg made it official. Gun control godfather, financier of several anti-gun groups, is throwing his billions in to buy his way to the White House and forcing his radical anti-gun agenda on America.

It might have been the worst-kept secret in the history of presidential runs. The former New York City mayor has played an on-and-off-again tease with his presidential ambitions. In October, the Nanny-in-Chief threatened a run, only to walk it back when he announced in March he wouldn’t. Then, he said, “I am clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination.”

It seems that the billionaire got a set of 2020 glasses where the future appears, at least to him, much clearer. Bloomberg’s vision for a gun control America is brighter, in his estimate, after he poured $2.5 million to flip Virginia blue for gun control through Everytown for Gun Safety, which he bankrolls, along with Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action and March for Our Lives. Those groups are already setting their sights on the Second Amendment stronghold of Texas, aiming to knock out Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Colorado’s Republican Sen. Cory Gardner.

None of this comes at a surprise. Bloomberg said in February he was prepared to spend a half billion dollars to wrest control of the White House from President Donald Trump.

He dumped $80 million to bolster gun control Democrats to Congress in the 2018 midterms. Now, he’s vowing off public funding, using his near-endless reserves to launch a shot to be elected as nation’s top Gun Controller.

Welcome to the Race

His announcement, though, is already being widely panned, even by those who openly embrace even the most far-reaching gun control ideas he embraces. Democratic candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) blasted the Republican-turned-Independent-turned Democrat. “Telling billionaires they can come and buy elections, that does not make democracy work,” she told reporters.

Bloomberg got a similarly chilly reception from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) when he reacted to the announcement saying Bloomberg’s “not going to get very far in this election.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) panned his $34 million announcement media blitz, adding “I just don’t think people are going to buy it.”

More Obstacle Course than Race

The 77-year-old has hurdles to overcome. Aside from his less-than-warm reception by his fellow competitor candidates, he’s not inspiring a strong following from those who he funnels missions of dollars to peddle his gun control message. Buzzfeed polled 11 Moms Demand and Students Demand Action grassroots volunteers to see if their gun control funder-in-chief earned their vote. None committed to the billionaire. “I’m not super psyched about it, but I respect him enormously,” said Jessica Craven, 51, the legislative lead for her Moms Demand Action group in Northeast Los Angeles. The Wall Street Journal reported Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action reassured their followers they wouldn’t need to pledge their votes to the guy footing their bill.

Adding to Bloomberg’s obstacles are two glaring facts he can’t ignore. Bloomberg’s own news organization refused to investigate their benefactor, a signal he might not be up for the media scrutiny. To be fair, they’ll extend that same courtesy to all other Democratic candidates, but not to President Donald Trump, whom Bloomberg has targeted. Former Bloomberg D.C. bureau chief editor Megan Murphy was astonished, saying “This is not journalism.”

Bloomberg’s also facing a dearth of public support. In the five national primary polls tracking the candidates, he’s hovering around 2 percent. That might explain why he’s skipping the early state tests of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and the debate stages where Americans get to hear directly on why he’s running.

Even the left-leaning Mother Jones begged Bloomberg to butt out. “Stop, please!” pleaded Michael Winchester of Cedar Rapids. “This is insane.”

That’s something we’ve been saying about Michael Bloomberg for years.


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Stripeseven
Stripeseven
8 months ago

All smiles with honey drippin’ from his lips. Pick me!, Pick me! Nutz….

UncAl
UncAl
8 months ago

Let’s just see if he measures up; for a pine box that is!

Morrigan
Morrigan
8 months ago

Unless he is standing on his checkbook he comes up “short” to be President.

StWayne
StWayne
8 months ago

I am constantly amazed at how easy it is to get someone to stop thinking for themselves. Anymore, critical thinking doesn’t apply to the sheeple because they’ve been conditioned to not want to hurt anyone’s feelings anymore. “Feewings. Feewings. Oh – oh – oh, feewings.”

Vern
Vern
8 months ago

Everything from the left is from the mouth of satan.

joefoam
joefoam
8 months ago

Hey, he was able to buy the mayorship of NYC three times, why not the presidency? I can’t imagine supporting someone who would want to tell you how much soda pop you can drink. A petty little tyrant.

Dr. Smith
8 months ago

Someone has apparently told Tiny Mike to smile and look friendly for the camera. (As Shakespeare wrote, “A man may smile and smile and be a villain.”) Bloomberg is, fortunately, so unlikable and un-presidential that he stands little chance of becoming President. He could spend all 58 billion of his dollars and still not win. Or have I underestimated the stupidity and evil of the people who vote for for such lunatics as Pelosi, Schumer, Waters, and AOC?…

Jonesy
Jonesy
8 months ago

I find it very interesting that this Jackwad is tied in with Soros. and those of like.

Vern
Vern
8 months ago
Reply to  Jonesy

One worlders, all tied in with one who has bigger plans for destruction than they do.

Autsin Miller III
Autsin Miller III
8 months ago

All other things aside, Bloomberg will settle the question as to whether one can spend their way into the Presidency. Clearly, really deep pockets is all he brings to the race. If there was ever a candidate the country would be better without it is him.
This is going to be interesting. Let’s watch his ratings as he inundates national media with his ads, we will see how gullible people really are.

Terry
Terry
8 months ago

There has never been a question as to whether someone can spend their way into a political position. We have the best politicians that money can buy.

Autsin Miller III
Autsin Miller III
8 months ago
Reply to  Terry

You hav a really good point Terry

Vern
Vern
8 months ago

Just another lefty obsessed with getting Trump, the people mean nothing to him and the rest of the democrat crowd. It’s too bad those who vote for them are so blind they can’t see the uselessness of voting dem.

MgM
MgM
8 months ago

Attn Floridians, a ‘Constitutional Carry’ Bill, HB 273, has been filed in Tallahassee. We need to vigorously support it. Call write your Rep/Senator. Do it yourself. Don’t depend on your ‘gun rights group’ to do it for you.