Skip to comments.Heitkamp to NYC mayor: Butt out
Posted on 03/29/2013 9:59:22 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., responded sharply today to New York City Mayor Michael Bloombergs TV ad campaign targeting senators who may be reluctant to support pending gun control legislation.
Bloomberg is personally financing the campaign in 13 states, including North Dakota, where he believes senators, Republicans and Democrats, need pressure from constituents to vote for requiring background checks for all gun purchases.
Of the roughly $10 million aimed at boosting support for the legislation across the country, about $156,000 is to be spent in North Dakota.
North Dakota continues to have one the highest rates of gun ownership and lowest incidences of gun crime in the country, Heitkamp said in a statement released Tuesday by her Washington, D.C., office. Yet New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg insists on taking gun-driven crime statistics in his city and from other major cities and trying to force those numbers into a narrative that just does not fit in North Dakota.
Frankly, there are far better uses for Mayor Bloombergs $156,000 than buying ads attacking a way of life he clearly does not understand.
Heitkamp campaigned for the Senate seat in 2012 as a strong defender of the U.S. Constitutions second amendment guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms.
Defending heritage, rights
Gun ownership in North Dakota comes down to growing up in a culture where those rights come with an ingrained responsibility taught at a young age, she said in her statement today. We are proud of our outdoor heritage and will continue to protect the rights our hunters and sport shooters, the rights of our farmers and ranchers to protect their crops and livestock from wildlife, and the rights of responsible, law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their homes.
She said she supports keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill, and that is why she supports each state fully reporting into the FBIs National Instant Criminal Background Check System. As North Dakotas former attorney general, I do not need someone from New York City to tell me how to handle crime in our state, Heitkamp said.
I know that we can go after and prosecute criminals without the need to infringe upon the second amendment rights of law-abiding North Dakotans. I believe in using every tool available to find and prosecute criminals to the fullest extent of the law, and that includes criminals purchasing firearms or in the possession of firearms.
I wouldnt expect Mayor Bloomberg to follow my advice on how to run a major east coast city of over 8 million people, and I dont plan to follow his advice on what is best for North Dakotans.
Not the first criticism
Bloombergs ad campaign is not the first challenge Heitkamp has faced from gun control advocates since her election. In January, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence placed ads in Politico and Roll Call as well as in North Dakota newspapers.
No parent should have to send their children to school wondering if they will come home, the ad read, according to an account in the Huffington Post. Shame on you, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) for telling the country on Sunday that the Obama Administrations response to Newtown which may include universal background checks and a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines is extreme.
Heitkamp made her remarks on ABCs This Week as she criticized a White House plan to seek a ban on assault weapons, universal background checks and tougher penalties for providing guns to minors. I dont think that proposal necessarily fit the bill for me, she said then.
She said she prefers a balanced approach, including a focus on the mental health aspect of gun violence, and we need to live in reality, what can you actually get passed.
It’s long past time to clean house and take over America!
All the while the City of New York finances HIS armed guard detail.
This is from a Democrat?
The next question is WHY is she a democrat?
A “Democrat” in North Dakota must be to the right of Lindthey Graham and Juan McNuts, or they won’t be re-elected.
She is a former EPA attorney and a tax and spend liberal and far more left wing than most people think. She won by 3000 votes in a pretty solid Republican state. She has to be conservative on some issues or she won’t be reelected.
So she will oppose gun control legislation, partial birth abortion, and probably gay marriage. But she will support Obamacare and more government spending. I don’t think she has ever advocated the elimination of any government program anywhere.
Bloomberg is the mayor of one city. He has no standing and no authority anywhere outside NYC, and people need to start telling him so.
No, he has no standing or authority. He just has obscene amounts of money. The FedMob needs to confiscate it all to help pay for 0bamaCare.
Maybe there is a way that all of us gun owners can get together and sue his butt into the poor house. We could join together in a class action suit where we each sue him for working against our constitutional rights and each ask for $100,000,000.
I suspect that if enough of us sue for the right amount, we can turn this “billionaire” into a homeless loser.
All of my life I have been averse to litigation considering it nearly the last resort to settle a problem. Having said that I think you have a splendid idea and would sign onto it in a New York minute. It is time for last resorts and high time we fight fire with fire re liberals.
Has New York City's Neo-Napoleon finally met his Waterloo?
With a man like Bloomturd, who sees only the power that his money gives him, it is the only way to reach through his wall of power and get the idea into his head that he is wrong on taking this stance.
He forgets that the people are not owned by him. In fact, his being a mayor means that he is owned by the people. He suffers from the same delusion that Obama and many liberals do. That delusion is that they are the lords and masters of the citizens of this country and not the employees of us. That is why they believe that they can rule our lives and tell us how to live. Bloomturd is showing just how extreme the left really is in doing this.
His lesson would be learned by making him poor and lose all his wealth and power. It would also send a strong message to the other wealthy liberals that we could do the same to them for trying to steal the power, liberties, and rights away from the citizens of America.
Not all of us are such willing sheep to let these fools use their money to turn us into slaves.
Bloomie’s ads are running almost non-stop here in Nevada.
This state land is 86% controlled by the Feds.....not a dime of taxes paid for running the state.
Most of the state is VERY rural. Having weapons against varmints—both 2 and 4 legged ones is essential.
IF that bearded guy with the weathered barn in the background is really a gun owner, I am Mother Theresa.....NOT!!!
Yes this is from a crat. What you can get passed today. Then you come back tomorrow for another bite and another until it's gone.
I agree - he was way too well groomed to be a real country boy, and his accent seemed fake to me. I noted that he had a shotgun in his lap during the entire ad. I guess the short barrel was supposed to make it look like a deer gun, but it actually looked just like an 870 I have set up for interesting social situations.
That whole thing was kind of weird, if you're able to think beyond the initial visual impression of it.