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Bloomberg Plans a $50 Million Challenge to the N.R.A.
nyt ^ | April 15, 2014 | Jeremy W. Peters

Posted on 04/15/2014 7:48:01 PM PDT by re_tail20

Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those politicians who fail to support their agenda — even Democrats whose positions otherwise align with his own.

“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A. “ ‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’ ”

He added: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”

The 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.”

The N.R.A. had no comment.

Mr. Bloomberg’s blueprint reimagines the way gun control advocates have traditionally confronted the issue. Rather than relying so heavily on television ad campaigns, Mr. Bloomberg will put a large portion of his resources into the often-unseen field operations that have been effective for groups...

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1 posted on 04/15/2014 7:48:01 PM PDT by re_tail20
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But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. 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.”


2 posted on 04/15/2014 7:49:09 PM PDT by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

Disarming people will cause more violence


3 posted on 04/15/2014 7:50:31 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: re_tail20

50 million of Bloomberg’s dollars won’t come close to countering a few minutes of video of armed BLM thugs threatening to gun down American citizens on behalf of Harry Reid last weekend.

Go ahead pal, waste all the money you want. Your side has already lost the PR war.


4 posted on 04/15/2014 7:52:24 PM PDT by Junk Silver
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To: re_tail20

Wow, no arrogance there, (sarcasm)

So, if there is a God, IF, then Bloomberg knows he’s going right in.

Why didn’t he mention his support of homosexual marriage as one of the keys to his admittance to heaven? Why only mention smoking and guns and obesity?

Will God give him a pass because he wanted to ban big gulps? Really????


5 posted on 04/15/2014 7:53:30 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: re_tail20

Bump


6 posted on 04/15/2014 7:54:00 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: re_tail20
Gee, when people gathered together to create the Tea Party Movement, it was called "astroturf."

When Bloomberg spends $50 million, it's "grass roots."

Go figure.

7 posted on 04/15/2014 7:54:26 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: re_tail20

What a joke Bloombutt is. $50 million wouldn’t be a pimple on the NRA ....face.


8 posted on 04/15/2014 7:55:46 PM PDT by SADMILLIE
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To: re_tail20
What an arrogant statement!!! IF there is a God, I'M NOT stopping. I've EARNED my place....

Just WOW. I guess he never heard the one about the rich man going through the eye of the needle before he'd get into heaven.

9 posted on 04/15/2014 7:56:46 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: re_tail20

I remember reading something about rich men, camels and needles once.


10 posted on 04/15/2014 7:59:40 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: re_tail20

Is he going to give up his security and home defense? HUH???


11 posted on 04/15/2014 8:00:05 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: re_tail20

NRA members feel more strongly about stopping violence than most of the gun grabber types.


12 posted on 04/15/2014 8:00:14 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: re_tail20

Good. Maybe he should start in Chi-Congo.


13 posted on 04/15/2014 8:02:50 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: re_tail20

Bloomberg’s giving $50 million to the NRA?


14 posted on 04/15/2014 8:02:58 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: re_tail20

Maybe Bloomie could get the Brady Bunch to kick in some cash.


15 posted on 04/15/2014 8:06:28 PM PDT by umgud
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To: re_tail20

Good news. He does not have to wait to be interviewed. He won’t be going to heaven.


16 posted on 04/15/2014 8:06:30 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: GeronL

I think that most of the law abiding citizens in Americas largest inner city communities would agree.


17 posted on 04/15/2014 8:06:48 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: re_tail20

A fool and his money


18 posted on 04/15/2014 8:09:24 PM PDT by Rome2000
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where are the libtards decrying evil billionaires using their wealth to influence politics?

/sarc /hypocrites


19 posted on 04/15/2014 8:10:16 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Junk Silver

After recent events I wouldn’t place my bets if I were you, Mr. Bloomberg. I think people were awakened as to the very reason we need our weapons.


20 posted on 04/15/2014 8:10:20 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: re_tail20

An egomaniacal billionaire with too much time on his hands looking to burn a hole in his pocket.

I absolutely encourage Mike Bloomberg to finance his anti-gun obsession. Most of the country doesn’t want it.

He’s nuts.


21 posted on 04/15/2014 8:11:28 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: re_tail20

In other words he will shift his focus into indoctrinating the upcoming generation into believing that guns shoot people, not people holding guns.
That and making sure he and his bodyguards are exempt from the law.


22 posted on 04/15/2014 8:13:33 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: re_tail20

I occurs to me that Bloomberg has kids, and grand kids. Just sayin.


23 posted on 04/15/2014 8:15:04 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: re_tail20

Diabetes kills more people each year than guns. If Bloomberg were a man of principle he’d continue his crusade against sugary soft drinks.


24 posted on 04/15/2014 8:17:32 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: re_tail20

Don’t underestimate the pompous little napoleon. He’s smart. Authoritarian, self-righteous, and with an ego that rivals that of dear leader. But quite smart.

While the NRA is prominent at the national level, most gun control is at the state and local level. We’re already in some fights at that level as a result.


25 posted on 04/15/2014 8:19:07 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat
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26 posted on 04/15/2014 8:25:10 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Bloomie is a tyrant. If I were him , I would worry about someone determined that none of his DNA survives. This would be turnabout is fair play for the way the left has acted for the last 100 years. Hope it does not come to that, but I am not confident.


27 posted on 04/15/2014 8:30:40 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Just doing laps around the sun and shaking my head that progressives can believe what they do!)
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To: RKBA Democrat

“Don’t underestimate the pompous little napoleon. He’s smart. Authoritarian, self-righteous, and with an ego that rivals that of dear leader. But quite smart.”

Smart? Well heck, even a dummy knows that being ‘smart’ is subjective”.


28 posted on 04/15/2014 8:32:03 PM PDT by ourworldawry
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...$50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence...

In short he's going to 'buy' a fake 'grassroots' group. Then he going to try to curb guns... which has NOTHING to do with curbing violence.

29 posted on 04/15/2014 8:36:19 PM PDT by GOPJ (MSNBC reporters couldn't spot a criminal if he was at the company Christmas party.)
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Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence...

When Mayor Doomberg publicly...and repeatedly...announces his home address *and* that his home is *completely* gun free zone I'll accept the sincerity of his campaign.Until then,he's just another multi millionaire Second Amendment hypocrite.

30 posted on 04/15/2014 8:38:03 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: re_tail20

Did he ever think that the voters who own firearms may soon outnumber the voters who don’t?


31 posted on 04/15/2014 8:42:40 PM PDT by golf lover (goingf)
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To: re_tail20

Good!

I love watching Lib’s prove their stupidity with their own money for a change.


32 posted on 04/15/2014 8:47:41 PM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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Rather than relying so heavily on television ad campaigns, Mr. Bloomberg will put a large portion of his resources into the often-unseen field operations that have been effective for groups...

Goonberg will be hiring 'young people' and union goons trying to create an organization that looks like concerned citizens. That's my guess based on all the other fat cat liberals who attempt the same thing.

Of course the 'young people' will all be on the millionaire elite's payroll. That's as 'grassroots as a large company. One big fake job. If he wants to 'curb' violence he could start with the gang bangers who DO most of the violence. But that's no where near as much fun as taking guns away from middle class Americans. Eff you Goonberg,Bloomberg or what ever...

33 posted on 04/15/2014 8:48:14 PM PDT by GOPJ (MSNBC reporters couldn't spot a criminal if he was at the company Christmas party.)
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To: re_tail20

He’s a nut.


34 posted on 04/15/2014 8:55:46 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: re_tail20

Every gun owner in the USA should send his/her favorite pro-2A group a buck for every gun they own!

Estimates are between 250 and 300 million shotguns, rifles and pistols in private ownership in the USA.

That might show Doomberg what he is up against!


35 posted on 04/15/2014 8:58:54 PM PDT by Taxman
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What? He’s going to pay each $35/yr member $5 to quit?

He doesn’t get it. The NRA has no power. It’s merely the expression of the power that members (and the 10 non-members for each of them) have in terms of opinion and votes .


36 posted on 04/15/2014 9:06:37 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Lose to Cruz - 2016!)
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To: re_tail20

“He added: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.””

Uh, Mr. Bloomberg?

Guess which side is VERY well armed? And being this way has a wonderful effect on being fearful...


37 posted on 04/15/2014 9:08:23 PM PDT by Tigerized (Keep Calm, Carry On, but Never Give Up.)
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To: Taxman

Most of that would be wet money seeing as how most of the guns in America were lost in boating accidents in the past year or so. I have been taking scuba diving lessons. In a month or two I should be licensed to dive for firearms. Yippee!


38 posted on 04/15/2014 9:08:55 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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LOL!


39 posted on 04/15/2014 9:10:11 PM PDT by Taxman
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“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A. “ ‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’ ” He added: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”

Okay you anti-American scofflaw. Since you have decided that you want to deny Americans their Constitutional rights by any means necessary, you have made yourself an enemy of Constitutional abiding Americans. I say "I don't care about your motives". If you attempt to subvert my Constitutional rights with your vast fortune, I'm going to go after YOU, YOUR KIDS, YOUR GRANDKIDS, YOUR GREAT GRANDKIDS and I'M NEVER GOING TO STOP.

The self righteous SOB can go straight to hell.
40 posted on 04/15/2014 9:10:46 PM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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he said of the N.R.A. “ ‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’ ”

I defy Mr. Bloomberg to prove and document that statement.
We must not let them get away with slander and lies
any more.


41 posted on 04/15/2014 9:12:10 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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Bloomberg’s wealth comes mostly from Bloomberg terminals subscribed by Wall St type traders at $20,000 per year per terminal. That’s about six billion in revenue annually.

Find a way to lure his subscribers away and Bloomberg crashes and burns.


42 posted on 04/15/2014 9:42:51 PM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: re_tail20

The end will come as a surprise but the determination will come as a shock.


43 posted on 04/15/2014 9:57:55 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: re_tail20

Bloomberg is a Nazi.


44 posted on 04/15/2014 11:01:35 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: re_tail20

A grabasstic egomaniacal control addict. He will lose!


45 posted on 04/15/2014 11:20:53 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Yo-Yo

Just ask Nancy Pelosi.


46 posted on 04/15/2014 11:56:10 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: Rome2000

“A fool and his money’. Yes Bloomberg is a failure. I hope he would spend
$2Billion and bankrupt the clown.


47 posted on 04/15/2014 11:57:34 PM PDT by ChiMark (America no more)
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To: re_tail20

Koch brother. Koch brothers. Koch brothers.....

Keep big moneyboutbof politics, right Hairy?


48 posted on 04/16/2014 12:40:50 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: re_tail20

Effe the gun grabber Nanny Shroomberg.


49 posted on 04/16/2014 12:48:59 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: ourworldawry

“Smart? Well heck, even a dummy knows that being ‘smart’ is subjective”

Don’t underestimate the opposition. At the state level, we’re already dealing with this guy and his money. There are plenty of gun grabbers out there who are being re-invigorated.


50 posted on 04/16/2014 3:52:46 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat
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