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

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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
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james

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

JDT
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JDT

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
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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.

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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
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StWayne

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

Bluemax
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Bluemax

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
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Bluemax

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 »

joefoam
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joefoam

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
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Wild Bill

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

Mac
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Mac

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

Circle8
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Circle8

FOR jacob337 The POS Bloomy as you called him committed a felony conspiracy a few years ago. He sent his rep’s to VA. to try and buy guns when they were clearly out of state. They lied on the fed form and they got caught. The whole bunch should have been prosecuted for fed gun law violations but because the demos were in charge they did nothing. Bloomy was the moron that tried to tell new yorkers they were only allowed to buy small soft drinks because he did not want anybody to have what they really wanted. He is… Read more »

Jacob337
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Jacob337

It’s funny that Bloomy is in the race now and a serious contender.

He’s literally just Trumps reflection. He stands for the same shit as Donald. Exact same all the way down to Stop & frisk policy (Which Trump openly defended against Hillary in the debates circa 2016).

Trumptards got what you wanted. A major compromiser/FUDD in office and now have no way out from it as if DT doesn’t win then it’s Bloomys turn to hack at the 2A.

Oh well.

Superman
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Superman

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

option31
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option31

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.

Terry
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@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.

Green Mtn. Boy
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Green Mtn. Boy

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

Terry
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Terry

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