Former New York City Mayor Michael “Nanny” Bloomberg is planning to spend $50 million on gun control groups in another effort to counter the National Rifle Association. The New York Times notes that even with such a large sum of money he’s going to have his work cut out for him.
he considerable advantages that gun rights advocates enjoy — in intensity, organization and political clout — will not be easy to overcome. Indeed, Mr. Bloomberg has already spent millions of dollars trying to persuade members of Congress to support enhanced background check laws with virtually nothing to show for it.
What is more, for many gun owners, the issue is a deeply personal one that energizes them politically, said Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, who dismissed the mayor’s plans.
“He’s got the money to waste,” Mr. Pratt said. “So I guess he’s free to do so. But frankly, I think he’s going to find out why his side keeps losing.”
He doesn’t care if he keeps losing, he believes his push to ban guns and control people is going to get him into heaven. Seriously, he said that.
Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.” (Read More)