Bloomberg Targets NRA With $50M Gun Control Supergroup
'We've got to make them afraid of us': former mayor
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 16, 2014 7:31 AM CDT
Updated Apr 16, 2014 7:53 AM CDT
In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks in New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

(Newser) – Michael Bloomberg is making his first move on gun control since leaving office, and it's less than subtle: The former mayor is dropping $50 million to create a rival to the NRA, he tells the New York Times. Everytown for Gun Safety will use NRA-style tactics to promote gun control—meaning it will go after politicians of both stripes, Bloomberg says, regardless of their views on other issues. "We’ve got to make them afraid of us," he says, noting the NRA mentality of " '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’s got the money to waste," scoffs one gun rights advocate. "So I guess he’s free to do so. But frankly, I think he’s going to find out why his side keeps losing." But the Times puts that $50 million in perspective: the NRA usually spends about $20 million per year on its agenda, while the Koch brothers have spent some $30 million in the past six months to push for a GOP Senate takeover. Bloomberg's group, which will act as an umbrella organization for other gun-control organizations, will have a politically diverse leadership ranging from Warren Buffett to Tom Ridge, the former homeland security secretary under George W. Bush. Everytown for Gun Safety will concentrate its efforts on women and mothers, the Times notes. It aims to gain a million additional supporters this year in 15 states.

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Smellthecoffee
Apr 25, 2014 12:38 AM CDT
This man never recognized anyones rights. He implemented a "stop and frisk" policy in NYC. People were thrown up against a wall and padded down in an attempt to find guns. It had Zero impact on crime, but it did however violate people's constitutional rights. That never stopped Mr. doomberg as he ran for a 3rd illegal term for mayor, despite the fact that NYC has a 2 term limit. He's a very wealthy and dangerous tyrant.
JohnRitz
Apr 17, 2014 6:11 PM CDT
Now may be the good time to buy Smith & Wesson stocks.
Chris Farley
Apr 17, 2014 12:08 PM CDT
I was just checking out a pro-second amenment site on FB created with Bloombergs groups name. But The rep from bloomberg was very sure they would just take it when they wanted it. Just watched a few vids from that group. All share a common theme, emotional not fact based.