Skip to comments.Bloomberg Plans a $50 Million Challenge to the N.R.A.
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 dont care. Were going to go after you, he said of the N.R.A. If you dont vote with us were going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And were never going to stop.
He added: Weve 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 mayors plans.
Hes got the money to waste, Mr. Pratt said. So I guess hes free to do so. But frankly, I think hes going to find out why his side keeps losing.
The N.R.A. had no comment.
Mr. Bloombergs 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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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 Im not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. Its not even close.
Disarming people will cause more violence
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.
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????
When Bloomberg spends $50 million, it's "grass roots."
What a joke Bloombutt is. $50 million wouldn’t be a pimple on the NRA ....face.
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.
I remember reading something about rich men, camels and needles once.
Is he going to give up his security and home defense? HUH???
NRA members feel more strongly about stopping violence than most of the gun grabber types.
Good. Maybe he should start in Chi-Congo.
Bloomberg’s giving $50 million to the NRA?
Maybe Bloomie could get the Brady Bunch to kick in some cash.
Good news. He does not have to wait to be interviewed. He won’t be going to heaven.
I think that most of the law abiding citizens in Americas largest inner city communities would agree.
A fool and his money
where are the libtards decrying evil billionaires using their wealth to influence politics?
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.
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.
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.
I occurs to me that Bloomberg has kids, and grand kids. Just sayin.
Diabetes kills more people each year than guns. If Bloomberg were a man of principle he’d continue his crusade against sugary soft drinks.
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.
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.
“Dont underestimate the pompous little napoleon. Hes 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”.
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.
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.
Did he ever think that the voters who own firearms may soon outnumber the voters who don’t?
I love watching Lib’s prove their stupidity with their own money for a change.
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...
He’s a nut.
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!
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 .
“He added: Weve 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...
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!
he said of the N.R.A. If you dont vote with us were going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And were 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
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.
The end will come as a surprise but the determination will come as a shock.
Bloomberg is a Nazi.
A grabasstic egomaniacal control addict. He will lose!
Just ask Nancy Pelosi.
“A fool and his money’. Yes Bloomberg is a failure. I hope he would spend
$2Billion and bankrupt the clown.
Koch brother. Koch brothers. Koch brothers.....
Keep big moneyboutbof politics, right Hairy?
Effe the gun grabber Nanny Shroomberg.
“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.