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family. In fact, according to Bloomberg,
anybody who has kids and a gun in the
same house is "really dumb."
Which is a perfect example of his
extreme hypocrisy. Instead of having a
gun himself, he is provided with 24/7
protection by his own armed security
guards. Now I don't have an issue with
the fact that Bloomberg has armed
security. The problem I have is that he
thinks his life is worth protecting but
ours are not.
Bloomberg's holier-than-thou
attitude seems to have actually grown
as large as his unchecked ego. In
announcing the $50 million pledge,
he told The New York Times, "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."
Bloomberg actually believes that his
efforts to restrict and ban guns, smoking,
and food portions and ingredients are
what have "earned" him his place in
heaven-of course that is only "if" there
is a God, he says. I've looked, and I can't
find anywhere in scripture that says the
way to get into heaven is to deny good
people the right to defend themselves
from criminal attack.
Bloomberg also says he is treated
like a "rock star" because people in
taxicabs sometimes yell out praise to
him. While most New Yorkers who
don't like him are probably too busy to
say so to his face, he's really not even
universally popular in New York City.
To get re-elected mayor by a small
margin in 2009, he had to spend
$175 per vote-$108 million total.
As for the rest of America, as
The Washington Post political writer
Chris Cillizza observed, "Bloomberg
doesn't fully grasp how he is viewed by
many people outside of major cities and
the Northeast." As if he would even take
the time to talk to the ordinary citizens of
flyover country, if he ever visited there.
Make no mistake about it, the
Bloomberg lobby is not a "grassroots"
organization, despite the national media's
false claims that it is (they seem to have
lost their dictionaries). "Everytown" is
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more like AstroTurf-driven from the
top down by political consultants, ad
men and the like. It's the 2014 version of
the 1999 "Million Mom March," which
was also a top-down invention of the
political class, but was presented to the
public as genuine grassroots. It's the
exact opposite of the nra, which has
5 million dues-paying members and tens
of millions of additional supporters.
Meanwhile, the so-called "mainstream"
media, which shrieks incessantly about
too much money in politics, employs
a double standard for Bloomberg,
actually praising him for attempting to
buy American elections. Sen. Charles
Schumer, Bloomberg's most ardent
supporter in Congress, said that Charles
and David Koch's tv ads criticizing
Obamacare were "un-American" and
should be outlawed. He said that the
Kochs had too much influence on politics.
Want to guess whether Sen. Schumer will
criticize Bloomberg's attempt to supersize
his own power?

other billionaires could easily double the
amount with their own pocket change.
But money doesn't always buy
happiness, or elections. When you're
being heavily outspent in an election,
the most crucial factor is whether you
have enough resources to communicate
your message to your potential
supporters. The Second Amendment
can win in 2014 if nra has the resources
to communicate the truth-and the
importance of voting-to the millions
of less politically active gun owners who
do not belong to nra.
This isn't the first time that the nra
has battled oligarchs. The nra's first
forays into politics-beyond promoting
marksmanship programs-were in
the 1920s, when the Northeastern
upper-class business establishment
began pushing handgun prohibition.
The nra beat the plutocracy then.
The nra and gun-rights supporters
defeated the big money again just last
year during the Colorado state senate

... the Bloomberg lobby is not a
''grassroots'' organization ...
''Everytown'' is more like AstroTurf-
driven from the top down by political
consultants, ad men and the like.
Bloomberg's lavish spending clarifies
the 2014 election. Gun control is not
a grassroots movement of "Moms" or
of anybody else. It is the prohibition
agenda of Michael Bloomberg and his
friends being forced on the American
people. The candidates who are endorsed
by Bloomberg are, by definition, the
favorites of the gun-ban lobby. If they
advance, then so does gun control.
Bloomberg has made certain that
anti-gun political spending will greatly
exceed pro-rights spending in the
important upcoming elections. The nra
could recruit 500,000 more members
with annual dues of $35 and pour
every cent of that $17.5 million into the
election, and Bloomberg, Buffett and

recalls, even though Bloomberg and
his allies outspent the pro-rights
forces by a 7-1 margin. Democratic
Gov. John Hickenlooper then publicly
urged Bloomberg to stay away from any
future recall campaigns. Hickenlooper
observed that Coloradans do not
like outsiders, such as Bloomberg,
meddling in Colorado affairs. Of course,
Coloradans did not treat the nra like
an outsider, and for good reason-in
Colorado, nra has a hundred thousand
real, dues-paying members.
nra can beat the oligarchs again in
2014-but if, and only if, nra members
get active and prove once again that
their grassroots people power can
overcome Bloomberg's money power.



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