Bad Week for Bloomberg in VA, WA and NV as ‘Trump Wins’ Dem Debate

Michael Bloomberg
Billionaire Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has had a bad week.

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- It’s been a bad week for billionaire presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, with embarrassing setbacks in Virginia, Washington and Nevada, where his first debate performance might easily be his last. Bloomberg's Democrat rivals wasted no time pounding the former New York City mayor on every issue except one: Gun control, which barely got a mention during the two-hour brawl in Las Vegas.

Another billionaire seeking the presidency, but who didn’t make the cut for Wednesday night’s debate, declared President Donald Trump the winner. California Democrat Tom Steyer, appearing on CNN, complained that his fellow candidates had lost their perspective about beating Trump, as noted by the Washington Post.

The media panel didn’t really crack the subject of guns, which is possibly Bloomberg’s strongest point, but it may now also be where he might be vulnerable to criticism. Just hours before the debate, Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, unloaded on Bloomberg for his attempt to buy the election, and the Second Amendment (see related story).

In Virginia earlier in the week, four Democrat state senators crossed party lines to “shelve” anti-gun Gov. Ralph Northam’s centerpiece measure to ban so-called “assault weapons.” That was also a defeat for Bloomberg, because his Everytown for Gun Safety lobbying group’s Action Fund last year spent $2.5 million to flip the Virginia Assembly to Democrat control, with the declared intention of passing a full slate of restrictive gun control measures. While many of those bills have been adopted, the semi-auto ban would have been political frosting on the cake. Defecting on the Senate Judiciary Committee were Democrats Chap Petersen, Creigh Deeds, Scott Surovell and John Edwards.

Then Wednesday, where Bloomberg and Everytown have been very busy, along with the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility—an Everytown affiliate also largely funded by wealthy elitists—several gun control bills in Washington died about an hour before the Democrat debate went on the air.

Among the measures that did not survive a legislative cut-off were bills to ban so-called “high capacity magazines” (HB 2240) and a new training requirement for Washingtonians to receive or renew a concealed pistol license (SB 6294).

Alliance CEO Renee Hopkins issued a press release declaring “outrage” that the magazine ban failed after more than 120 proposed amendments were introduced, fatally bogging down the process.

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility Condemns Gun Lobby Bully Tactics on High-Capacity Magazine Bill

According to Seattle’s KING 5 News, the local NBC affiliate, anti-gun Democrat Attorney General Bob Ferguson was also angry. He issued the following statement:

“Republican legislators have effectively filibustered the bill. That’s disappointing, given that statewide polling shows that nearly two-thirds of Washingtonians support limiting high-capacity magazines. If there’s a mass shooting using a high-capacity magazine in one of our schools or communities, these legislators will be accountable to the victims and their families.”—Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Democrat

Another bill aimed at banning semi-auto “assault weapons”—another Ferguson-supported measure—died earlier in the session.

However, one measure that remains alive is Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6288, which seeks to create the Washington Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention within the Commerce Department. This legislation, according to critics, is a not-so-subtle effort to create a new bureaucracy, funded by taxpayers, whose purpose is to do research supporting future gun control efforts. This new office would also provide grant money to cities dealing with “firearm violence.”

The Seattle Times Editorial page on Wednesday called for passage of the legislation, but rights activists have found an alarming purpose, which proponents apparently say is a typo, but haven’t fixed it after having at least two opportunities to do so. Here’s what the bill says:

“An applicant for a program grant shall submit a proposal, in 34 a form prescribed by the office, which must include, but not be limited to, all of the following: (a) Clearly defined and measurable objectives for the grant; (b) A statement describing how the applicant proposes to use the grant to implement an evidence-based firearm reduction initiative in accordance with this section…”

Wary Evergreen State right activists believe the clear intent of this new office is to reduce the number of firearms in private ownership, and they don’t think this is a typo at all.

Back in Nevada, where Bloomberg may be licking some wounds suffered during his debate debut, he’s still trailing Senators Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren, the latter who came out swinging at the outset, attacking the former mayor for troubles in his company.

But Bloomberg did have a couple of good moments, including one where he reminded the audience that he was the only person on the stage who had actually started a private company.
Still, the almost amazing absence of questions about gun control—the issue came up only in the closing remarks of a couple of candidates—suggests Democrats want to steer clear of that topic. Many are convinced gun control is once again toxic after seeing Beto O’Rourke, and Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, all three who made gun control central planks in their campaigns, drop out of the race.

That can’t continue with Bloomberg now stepping into the debate quagmire. As the Associated Press detailed in its report, Bloomberg was savaged during the opening minutes in a bare-knuckles attack that “threatened to tarnish the shine of his carefully constructed TV-ad image.”

Still, he came out better than former Vice President Joe Biden, whose repetitive pronouncements that he was “the only guy on the stage” who did this or that are getting tired. According to an unscientific Drudge Report poll Thursday morning, Biden came in dead last among respondents, with Sanders first, Warren second, Klobuchar third and Bloomberg fourth, ahead of fifth-place Pete Buttigieg.

With Super Tuesday on the horizon, Bloomberg needs to repair considerable damage, and the Democrat establishment is becoming increasingly worried that Sanders’ momentum could carry him to the July convention as the unwanted favorite.

Perhaps the Associated Press put it best when it reported Thursday, “A growing group of donors, elected officials and political operatives fear that Sanders’ uncompromising progressive politics could be a disaster in the general election against Trump, yet they’ve struggled to coalesce behind a single moderate alternative.”

That alternative initially was Biden, but his flailing campaign appears headed for the rocks.

Bloomberg’s entry into the race made him a new establishment favorite, but the increasingly left-leaning party base is hardly warming up to the Wall Street billionaire, and the debate brawl only solidified that impression.

And with Second Amendment activists fired up over Democrat-driven gun control efforts in Virginia, Washington, Florida, Arizona and elsewhere, combined with the “Bloomberg presence” in the campaign, the “party of gun control” is looking ahead to a very divisive struggle, with the knowledge that it’s a long way to November.

RELATED:

Bloomberg’ ‘Leveraged Buyout’ Of 2A Continues; Everytown Spends $8M In Texas


About Dave WorkmanDave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books #add on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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james
james
9 months ago

Bloomberg reminds me of the Evil SImon Bar SInister from UnderDog cartoons.

JDT
JDT
9 months ago

I sure hope the Russians help Trump win again this year! Trump might be egotistical maniac and stepped on the 2A more than Obama, but I’ll take that over any of those loony leftest.

OldJarhead03
OldJarhead03
9 months ago

Andrew Wilkow called it perfectly. A choice between Bernie and Bloomberg (or Warren, Pete, or Biden for that matter), is like getting a choice of the color of the cage they put you in or the color of the club they beat you with. Pure Socialist Authoritarianism no matter which of them wins.

Bluemax
Bluemax
9 months ago

Washington is attempting to resurrect the magazine ban with House Bill 2947 with much of the same language of the previous Bill. Oppose this Bill at





Zach Anderson zach @ nrailafrontline .com

StWayne
StWayne
9 months ago

My mama says that alligators never smile because they got all them nasty teeth and no tooth brush.

Bluemax
Bluemax
9 months ago
Reply to  StWayne

StWayne I live in a State in order to make a point you have to state the obvious first. I have been “trying” to educate Libs.

Bluemax
Bluemax
9 months ago

All of these Dems are for taking away our rights. The 2nd Amendment first, so there control of all others will be much easier. I relate the taking of high capacity magazines as a car with a smaller gas tank, just carry extra gas. The gun grabbers know that is just a stepping stone that will do nothing to stop a mentally ill person from performing their criminal act. Making it harder to get a concealed pistol license only prevents the good guys from protecting there family and friends. When have you ever heard of a criminal applying for a… Read more »

Terry
Terry
9 months ago

@Jacob, Trumps’ screwups with the 2nd were the direct effect of him thinking that ‘Lil Wayne’ LaPierre was THE voice of all gun owners and taking advice from him. This is not Donald’s strong point – he is a businessman and has done the best work, overall, of any President we’ve ever had. Blame the guy advising him.

joefoam
joefoam
9 months ago

None of them have real platforms to run on other than ‘beat Trump’ and unattainable free stuff. This is the best they have to offer?

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  joefoam

, Yep, that is it. Unfortunately many of our countrypersons believe in “free stuff” and “other diversions”.

Mac
Mac
9 months ago

This is better than the clown show!!! Talk about the inmates running the nut house!

option31
option31
9 months ago

Trump is not ideal, but he is the best we have. Their is nobody on t he Democrat side that does not want confiscation. Name a President Since Reagan that was better on the 2nd than Trump.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

Workman
He doesn’t even vote just gets on here and talks trash Like a little chihuahua, Your wasting your time. You will be lucky if he doesn’t try to belittle you with his INCREDIBLE depth of knowledge about how the world REALLY works…he’s sooooo far ahead of the rest of us!

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

, Or challenge Mr. Workman to a duel … in Chicago … of course.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@Wild Bill
Pretty sure the Chee Wa Wa wants nothing to do with a publisher or anyone involved in the Ammoland mgmt team then he would be banned and have to change his name AGAIN
(GWD) HMMMMMMMM uneducated rants sound familiar?
Why yes , Yes they do

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

, What martial art do you practice? I got involved in Judo, after AIT. Got an invite to the Nationals via AAU. And progressed to Gracie.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@Wild Bill
Okinawan goju ryu, matayoshi kobudo,grappling. http://www.shobukanmaa.com
Click top left for instructors craig Stewart
Located in Ponte Vedra Bch florida

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

, Oh, yeah, the hard and soft (techniques) way! Okinawan … linear and disciplined.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

More gay fodder is that a chicago thing or just what you like

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

Let’s ask your sister

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

@S, He is the sister. His parents are so proud that he can earn a professional living without procreating.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

@DW, I think that Gottlieb recognizes that Bloomberg is the most dangerous of that group because Bloomberg knows that elections can be bought, like dinner out, and Bloomers has the money to do it.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman


Ladies and Gentlemen the L.RON HUBBARD OF MESSAGE BOARDS HAS ARRIVED.NO WONDER HE HATES GUN OWNERS..HE CAN’T HAVE ONE awwwww LITTLE CHE WA WA is a FELON great knife collection ya got there.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

, One would think that he would find a dojo in his legal situation.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@WB
First you have to have discipline and respect…so he’s not gonna make it

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

, all true. This little one went on to put the shit in Shitcago!

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

@First Student, He has a unique perspective, alright! He looks for sympathy then insults everyone that he can and challenges them to duels (in writing so that the evidence against him lingers). He hates Trump, who has cultivated an economy that has fewer unemployed convicted felons than any time in the last sixty years. If he were a little less “unique” he would be engaging in upward mobility as fast as he could, while the Trump economy lasts. Clearly, he is not an intelligent person. He claims that the Republican party is dead in the water, when they clearly are… Read more »

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@Wild Bill
Mr workman …can you help me get my rights back? What a joke this guy is. Don’t debate him just make fun of his little convict ass he has nothing of value to say. Nothing worse than a thief and he was probably stealing his HERO OBAMA shirts..he’s right where he belongs in chicago with all the other little convicts…

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

, Yes, a wise policy. But if I could just punch him in the throat once.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill


How can you weigh in when your a zero in today’s society? A common punk thief you giving this little turd way to much credit

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI


Roger that sir
We feed thieves to the pigs where I live. Not kidding

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

Anything else sweetheart

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

I bet you got one bad ass knife collection don’t you bro just don’t get caught with it cause you know we know what will happen you’re a felon

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

You gonna have to do Better than that little lady

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

You want me to sell you one of my guns since you can’t buy one? Alot better than that bad ass slingshot your rockin with steel shot

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

You know couple a days ago you told a fine patriot Finnky from texas , everything I post holds weight , no no it doesn’t you can’t vote so YOU DON’T MATTER, the only weight your holding is with your fat old lady riding the bus to wal mart where she buys all the groceries cause you can’t get a real job…hmmm why is that CAUSE YOUR A FELON A PUNK ASS THIEF WHO STEALS FROM OTHERS WHO DID IT RIGHT AND STARTED A BUSINESS now I understand why you hate 2A people..cause you can’t be with us, jus bring… Read more »

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

Where ya at DRIPCATCHER

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

I noticed there are a lot of gay innuendos in your post are you sure it was retail theft or was it gay porn you got in trouble for..I mean you do talk an awful lot about it…jus sayin
Man on a mission!!

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

, Good point. Maybe Workman will read it’s writings and change his mind.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

, His writings lack the confidence of a big man or skilled man. I’d like to see his manner at tournament, when he finds out who his first match will be against.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

bla, bla, bla, insult, insult, wasted typing. No really though, I have been chosen to sit on a jury in a criminal case and I don’t want my mind prejudiced by 337 lbs of vitriolic blather at the trial.
If a certain troll has any regard for his fellow trial subjects, then perhaps he could just be civil for a couple of weeks. if possible.

loveaduck
loveaduck
9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

You’ve pretty well hit the nail on the head. Be prepared for attacks because so many on here have put Trump up for sainthood. Anyone who followed this guy for years realizes that he’s simply an opportunist. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t done some good. The judges he’s put forth are constitutionists. That IS a good thing. More people are working though there’s still an ever-increasing divide between the working stiff and those at the top. But the man has pushed up the debt and there’s no plan to bring it down because that would be painful. Remember the fall… Read more »

RoyD
RoyD
9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

You continually reinforce my first impressions of you. But then, I dealt with hundreds just like you.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

D
Sorry Roy this guy needs to be vaporized
Don’t hold it against me

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

RoyD, I try to respond to commenters near its newest comments so that the troll receives no pay. I would not want to be confused with one of his “followers.”

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

@Jacob 337
Can you help me mr workman?
Awwwww go away little che wa wa

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

@Jacob 337
Shhhhh
Is that a dog I hear crying? O it’s you
LOSER THIEF a spot on ammoland ? go do a cart roundup little boy

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

Yeah, it did not even complete the theft successfully.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

@Jacob 337
History of the world part 1
Look up the piss boy scene with Harvey korman and mel Brooks hopefully the library internet let’s you..that is who you are hold the bucket boy

Finnky
Finnky
9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

@SEMPAI – Hope you’re not digging on all pocket dogs. However, the saying about “size of the fight in the dog” just doesn’t cut it. My sweet snuggle bears got into a fight over a food bowl. My wife’s dog (youngest of the bunch at 7 years old) decided to protect the smaller of my two. Frightened my wife when Daisy lifted her head to shake Bug off her ear, flying into a kitchen cabinet. Happened a couple times with Bug hanging from Daisy’s ear like a little ear-ring. Taking on someone 12+ times your size may not be smart… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  Finnky

@Finnky, We all don’t insult real dogs. They are noble, loyal, and smarter than this little shit in Chicago.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  Finnky

@finnky
Not at all sir and I apologize for today but you guys cant let this punk talk to yall like that
Somebody’s gotta stomp this little bug

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

, Its vile speech reveals his evil mind.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

@S, It was eighteen years old and did not know enough manners to not steal. His parents, if any, were failures, too!

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
9 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

You learn anything today fuktard? You come on here talking shit I’m gonna BUST YOUR ASS JUST LIKE YOUR SISTER

Superman
Superman
9 months ago

So we would be better off with HiLIARy as POTUS? What kind of federal judges do you think SHE would have nominated? Grow up.

Green Mtn. Boy
Green Mtn. Boy
9 months ago

Eff Bloomturd and his money, that is the kindest thing I can say of the would be petty tyrant..

Terry
Terry
9 months ago
Reply to  Green Mtn. Boy

Or maybe ‘MiniMike’ would be a ‘petite’ tyrant.