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By Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President

Let's Prove Bloomberg Can't Buy
American Liberty

B

illionaire Michael Bloomberg, among
the world's richest men, believes
his personal fortune can erase the
liberty of every American who would
exercise the right to keep and bear arms.
He plans liquidation of our rights a step-ata-time-spending millions of dollars of his
bottomless personal fortune at a time.

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With much ballyhoo from his media
enablers, the former mayor of New York City
has set his angry sights, using his deep pockets, on destroying the Second Amendment.
To that end, Bloomberg has pledged
$50 million to bankroll an Astroturf effort in
the upcoming November elections-money he claims will overwhelm the majority of
Americans who cherish their freedoms.
Melding his largely failed "Mayors
Against Illegal Guns" with another
Bloomberg creation called "Moms
Demand Action for Gun Sense in America,"
Bloomberg is now bankrolling something
called "Everytown for Gun Safety."
Bloomberg's money and media access
are a serious danger to American liberty

and we must take him head on.
He announced his new effort in a
bizarre April 15, 2014 interview in the New
York Times in which he claimed himself "a
rock star" among ordinary Americans.
"Rock Star" Bloomberg threatened
to retaliate against elected officials who
support the Second Amendment saying,
"We've got to make them afraid of us."
What Bloomberg and his elitist cronies
will never understand is what saves the
Second Amendment is the tidal wave of
support from the majority of the American people. And decade after decade,
NRA has been their voice.
We are millions of kindred spirits, good
people who share a love for America and
stand up for the values we hold dear in
our hearts. We are the good guys.
Even some media elites who support
Bloomberg's radical gun-ban agenda were
actually shocked at Bloomberg's arrogance, especially when he declared:
"I'm telling you, if there is a God, when
I get to heaven, I'm not stopping to be
interviewed. I am heading right straight in.
I have earned my place in heaven. It's not
even close.'" (emphasis added),
It's no wonder even the liberal New
York magazine dubbed Bloomberg a
"megalomaniacal billionaire." Good call.
Bloomberg, who has badgered and
bullied ordinary New Yorkers for a dozen
years by banning big soft drinks, traditional cuisine, even banning the bells on
ice-cream trucks as noise pollution, is now
determined to impose his obsessions on
all Americans.
Above all, he wants to spread his
draconian New York City gun controls to
every home in America. Recently, licensed
New York City gun owners received
notices that their registered guns-like
semi-auto .22s-were contraband. Turn
'em in, they were told.
That's Bloomberg's "common sense"
gun control.
"Big Brother" knows best.

Bloomberg believes his money can
buy anything-even the liberty of individual Americans. After all, his personal
fortune bought him public office.
Here is a man who personally purchased the office of Mayor of New York
laying out $74 million in 2001 (at $99
per vote); in 2005 spending $85 million
($112 per vote); and in 2009 throwing
down $102 million (about $174 per vote.)
Those aren't my numbers, that's the
assessment of the New York Times which
said, Bloomberg "has now spent at least
$261 million of his own money in pursuit of
public office, more than anyone in history."
Now with his $50 million creation,
"Everytown for Gun Safety," Bloomberg is
out to buy himself a grassroots machine.
Just maybe, this time, he can do it. We
cannot take his threat as anything but a
seminal danger to everything we have
fought and won over the years.
But as I said on NBC's "Meet the Press,"
Bloomberg's money can't buy our freedom.
We are millions of like-minded
Americans who share values Bloomberg
can't buy-a profound belief in American
liberty and a passion for standing up and
defending it.
I urge you to sign up a new NRA
member-a friend, a family member,
a colleague-to grow our grassroots
strength as influential, voting citizens
intent on making history November 4.
The cost of a new membership is $25-
less than a tank of gas, or even a box of
cartridges. It's literally pennies a day-a
small price to pay to protect American
freedom now and for the future.
Go to our website: joinNRAnow.org
for more information.
Bloomberg is one guy with millions of
dollars-we are millions of people who
believe in freedom who will stand and
fight and win at the ballot box.

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