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president's column
By James W. Porter II, President

Bloomberg's All-Consuming Agenda

N

ew York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
was once asked by NBC's David
Gregory how much he was willing
to spend to spread his vision for gun control to every corner of the nation.
"I think I have an obligation as an
American and as a citizen, as a human
being, to help others. Smoking is gonna
kill a billion people this century. I put
$600 million of my own money into
trying to stop the tobacco companies ...
That's one issue. Who knows with this?"
Bloomberg's comparison of the Second
Amendment to smoking totally gave his
game away. What he really believes is that
our culture of freedom is harmful to us
and should be liquidated a step at a time.
Private ownership of arms by peaceable Americans is not akin to smoking.
It is intrinsically a wonder of liberty protected by the Bill of Rights that empowers
individuals to defend home, family, community and country. It is the great equalizer against violence from all quarters.
Bloomberg recently declared, "I do
think there are certain times we should
infringe on your freedom." Yet, at the
same time, he has cynically claimed,
"I don't think there's anybody that's
defended the Second Amendment as
much as I have."
He says this as to the meaning of his
Second Amendment versus ours: "You
can read it to say [our Founding Fathers]
only talked about militias, or you can
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Allan D. Cors, FIRST VICE PRESIDENT
Pete R. Brownell, SECOND VICE PRESIDENT
Wayne LaPierre, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
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Wilson H. Phillips Jr., TREASURER
R. Kyle Weaver, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
GENERAL OPERATIONS

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INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION

read it to say they wanted guns in your
pocket. I don't know, that's up to you."
What he really means is "up to Michael
Bloomberg and my money."
Michael Bloomberg isn't just another
citizen-he is the 13th richest man in
the world. NRA's total annual budget is
chump change to him.
With the creation and personal
funding of a cabal of urban political
machines, Mayors Against Illegal Guns
(MAIG) and his self-funded multi-million
dollar super Political Action Committee,
Bloomberg is obsessed with becoming a
dictator over the Second Amendment.
In his self-absorbed orbit, Bloomberg
is so rich and so arrogant that laws simply don't apply to him.
Money bought Bloomberg his mayorship, with millions spent in self-funded
campaigns, immune from the campaign
finance laws he demanded for others.
Though New York City's mayoral
office was covered by a term limit law
enacted through public referendum,
Bloomberg swept it aside with a vote of
his puppet city counsel.
Using taxpayer funds and city personnel and facilities to press his private
political agenda on guns, MAIG's vitriolic
website runs off city equipment, and government staff act as gun-ban operatives.
Bloomberg even used city resources
to impose his will over lawful firearm
commerce through court action using a
hand-picked federal judge in Brooklyn.
Bloomberg installed what amounted
to his private gun control-by court
order-in many corners of the nation.
Bloomberg sent out teams of city-paid
detectives to other states where they
willfully violated federal firearm laws to
demonstrate that criminals could do the
same. His agents committed multiple
federal felonies at licensed dealers and
got away with it.

That felonious activity was put in
motion to propagate false claims about
the flow of guns into New York City even
though Bloomberg knows there are
federal laws covering every aspect of
criminal and illegal firearm commerce in
every corner of the nation.
Bloomberg's complicity in the nonenforcement of existing federal laws has
allowed carnage on the streets of New
York, leading to the deaths and wounding of thousands of innocent victims.
In terms of 2012 enforcement of
federal gun laws against violent criminals, New York ranks 89th of 90 federal
prosecutorial jurisdictions.
But enforcing federal laws would give
lie to Bloomberg's claims that what the
nation needs is New York City-style gun
control. He talks about only going after
"illegal guns" but, in his vision, guns you
and I own would be declared "illegal" and
become contraband. In New York City,
any gun possessed by a peaceable citizen without permission of Bloomberg's
government is an illegal gun.
Bloomberg doesn't just hate guns, he
hates us for being free to possess them.
Michael Bloomberg is an elitist without peer who, as mayor of New York City,
has banned table salt, trans fats, noise,
traffic and big sodas-for starters.
His all-consuming agenda would control the individual liberty of choice for
ordinary Americans whom he believes
are too stupid to possess such freedom.
Bloomberg can buy the media and
buy government, but he can't buy
freedom. It is not for sale. As members of
NRA, we are the one power that stands
between Bloomberg and the tyranny he
would inflict all across America.

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