NSSF: Mike Bloomberg Looks to Buy More Seats

By Larry Keane

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U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Gun control politicians just can’t seem to wean themselves off their addiction to Bloomberg money.

Everytown for Gun Safety, which is funded by antigun billionaire Michael Bloomberg, announced it will spend $13 million to flip federal and state-level election seats currently held by pro-Second Amendment policymakers in Texas and Arizona. Brady Campaign’s Brady PAC announced it will sink funds into the effort, at a half a million dollars.

It’s Bloomberg’s continued effort to campaign to bring the New York-style gun control agenda he adores to every state. He did it in Virginia and he’s looking to repeat. If gun control isn’t passed, he’ll just buy the legislatures.

Bloomberg is only living up to his word. He admitted as much during a presidential town hall, that he bought congressional seats in 2018. The failed 2020 Democratic presidential candidate has demonstrated his hypocrisy on Second Amendment rights and who deserves them. Voters demonstrably rejected him, but he’s not going away.

Bloomberg and his pet project gun control groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action pledged to spend millions to help ensure former Vice President Joe Biden leads the most antigun presidential ticket in history, hoping to flip state legislatures along the way.

Shiny Lone Star

Voters in the Lone Star state heard an earful of the Bloomberg groups’ antigun narrative before and roundly rejected it. Texans approve of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and another popular statewide elected, Attorney General Ken Paxton when they came through for thousands of Texas small businesses and employees. Gov. Abbott deemed firearm retailers “essential” during the coronavirus pandemic, allowing them to stay open for business. AG Paxton prevented counties and cities from enacting their own restrictions on gun stores.

Don’t forget former Texas U.S. Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke’s (D-Texas) disastrous failures running for the U.S. Senate in 2018 on a gun confiscation platform against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). He crashed and burned only to turn his efforts to the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. His gun-grabbing pronouncements fell flat nationally but impressed presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Flipping the Lone Star state will be a tall order for Bloomberg and his buddies.

Arizona Closer and President Trump Helps Gun Owners

Also on Everytown’s radar is Arizona, where the group has earmarked $5 million. The Republican-controlled state legislatures are both closer in margins than Texas, with pro-Second Amendment legislators holding a two-seat advantage in the state House of Representatives and a four-seat advantage in the state Senate.

Signs point to a tough reelection ahead for Republican U.S. Sen Martha McSally against Democratic challenger Mark Kelly, husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), co-Founder of Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, another gun control group. Voters will undoubtedly be fired up and President Donald J. Trump carried the Grand Canyon state by four points in 2016. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey isn’t on the ballot, remaining in office past November in case a veto check is needed ahead.

Trying to Pull a 2019 Virginia

The gun control groups are trying to replicate the playbook from Virginia last year, where the off-year elections swung the Commonwealth’s legislature to Democrat majorities for the first time in two decades. Bloomberg dumped $2.5 million in that effort. The result was a wave of gun control policies signed by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam. But positive signs showed for pro-Second Amendment voters for elections ahead as tens of thousands of lawful gun owners peacefully protested the legislature’s overreach at the capitol in Richmond. Courts ruled Gov. Northam overstepped his authority by closing some firearm businesses.

No one knows how 2020 will shake out with former Vice President Joe Biden likely leading the most antigun ticket in history. But Virginia’s 2019 elections did not see President Trump on the ballot and he’s been a staunch Second Amendment supporter and stood by firearm retailers and workers throughout the coronavirus pandemic. He will be a loud supportive voice ahead.

One thing’s certain, voters are tuning in and hundreds of thousands are now first-time firearm owners. NSSF launched the #GUNVOTE online resource so voters know exactly where candidates stand on firearm issues and what they’ve said in the past. It’s a valuable resource for Americans to make sure they don’t risk their rights at the ballot box.



National Shooting Sports FoundationAbout The National Shooting Sports Foundation

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. www.nssf.org

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RJL
RJL(@robert-j-lucas)
1 year ago

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the individual right to keep and bear arms. It was ratified on December 15, 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights. Criminal liberal Socialist/Communist/Marxists in Congress & the public sector are endangering the rest of the law-abiding American public, Anti-Constitutionalist’s=Anti-Americans=Enemies of the United States. They have no place in a Free Constitutional Republic. In which… Read more »

jack mac
jack mac(@jmac6492att-net)
1 year ago

Suppressing the right to arms is a finalizing act of oppression. The right is the last and only means of ending oppression.

jack mac
jack mac(@jmac6492att-net)
1 year ago

An unarmed public is beneficial for all the governing.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno(@gene-rano)
1 year ago

Hopefully, voting citizens in districts Bloomberg seeks to buy will learn to hate his tactics as most peaceable, lawful citizens do. Fact is, human rights affirmed by the Constitution aren’t for sale. No part of it may be altered by contributing mere money to politicians. If he wants to control it, he’ll have to fight for it, physically. He may win a few seats but if he precipitates a revolution, none will be worth the colossal loss of life.

Cruiser
Cruiser(@cop1771)
1 year ago

Bloomberg needs to be investigate for campaign finance violations, once and for all.
Keep filing lawsuits against him at every turn and require him to be present in every trial. Sooner or later he’ll run out time and money.

nrringlee
nrringlee(@nrringlee)
1 year ago

Outside billionaire money should be an easy issue to address. We did so in Arizona in 2018 when Tom Steyer tried to self-fund an alternative energy proposition on the Arizona ballot. Funny how Californians can meddle in their neighbor’s affairs but when we call them out on it the whole money in politics issue falls on their deaf ears. We managed to cast billionaire money as a rotting albatross and hang it about the neck of this silly, unwarranted and foreign proposition and beat it nearly 3 to 1. The same needs to be done to the bloomberg mini me… Read more »

Papa
Papa(@papa)
1 year ago
Reply to  nrringlee

Agree. And I don’t like anyone telling me that the new vaccine is going to be good for all of us. Think I will roll the dice and hope my immune system holds out. Had to stop wearing a mask because I started feeling like I would pass out.

Finnky
Finnky(@finnks)
1 year ago

Calling trump a “stanch second amendment supporter” is a bit of a stretch. However miles ahead of his contenders and at this point our only “top of the ticket” option to preserve this union.

macdog
macdog(@macdog)
1 year ago
Reply to  Finnky

@USA , Absolute support of Sheriff Reams. he has been a strong voice and constitution supporter. Thank you to our esteemed Gov “PoleSmoker” and the aclu (anti -American communist lawyers union) for your lack of support for those who would uphold the constitution and for your overwhelming support of the skells who are deserving of their stays in the Weld Cty lock up. Please, an abuse of inmates; how about the intimidation and suffering they put upon public that earned them their incarcerations.

macdog
macdog(@macdog)
1 year ago
Reply to  macdog

USA) Strongly agree!!!