April 16, 2014

“BREAKING: Bloomberg Launches Everytown for Gun Safety”

And as you would expect, one of its first releases relies on a contrived emotional appeal, as if accidental death from handguns were reason enough to take away our unalienable right to secure our lives and property, as outlined in the Second Amendment.

This reminds me of the infamous anti-Goldwater ad, as well as the legion of ads run against Ronald Reagan — or “Ronny Raygun,” as those clever wags on the left thought so amusing.  And who ran those?  LBJ, one of the most deplorable men ever elected, and Jimmy Carter, whose anti-semitism and feckless foreign policy, combined with his moronic economic endeavors, left us with radical Islam, stagflation, and an avuncular suggestion that we embrace the new normal of communism and layer up in sweaters.

It’s excruciatingly forced and cynical. Mostly because the same kind of ad can be run for just about every product, including, say, unsecured feather dusters used to tickle siblings, who then fall down stairs and break their necks. Or distracted Bloomberg body guards, who accidentally shoot the prick in the back of his limo because they mistake him for an intruder, and his lobster fork for an assault knife.

We’re treated as easily manipulable morons by people like Bloomberg, who seems to believe his intelligence is so transcendent that it simply must find a way to be dumbed down so that ordinary hicks can appreciate it.  And I tire of it, just as I tire of so many wealthy leftists who believe wealth is evidence of genius, such that they should have control over important national and even Constitutional authorities.

From The Truth About Guns (h/t geoff B and serr8d):

“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,” nytimes.com reports, unfamiliar with the expression “I don’t think that word means what you think it means.” Apparently Everytown will be “an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.” How’s that you ask? “The plans call for a restructuring of the gun control groups he funds, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. They will be brought under one new umbrella group called Everytown for Gun Safety.” [...]

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[...] Not to put too fine a point on it, Mayor Bloomberg’s a nasty piece of work. Americans don’t like big city bullies, which is as good a description of Michael Bloomberg as I can muster. But don’t take my word for it . . .

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 don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A. “ ‘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 added: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.” .  . .

What gives this story life: Bloomberg’s money. Specifically, he’s switching his anti-gun financial focus from campaign-related ads to “often-unseen field operations that have been effective for groups like the N.R.A. in driving single-issue, like-minded voters to the polls.” And you thought a boat was a hole in the water into which you dump money. No way is that enough cash to affect change in the political landscape regarding firearms freedom. The Times is less incredulous.

The $50 million could be significant: In recent years, the N.R.A. has spent only $20 million annually on political activities. The political groups affiliated with the billionaire Koch brothers, who are seeking to help Republicans take over the Senate, have spent about $30 million in the last six months

The group will zero in on 15 target states, from places like Colorado and Washington State, where gun control initiatives have advanced recently, to territory that is likely to be more hostile like Texas, Montana and Indiana. They have set a goal of signing up one million new supporters this year on top of the 1.5 million they already have.

Wait, what? Bloomberg’s gun control groups have 1.5 million supporters? I don’t think so – unless you define “supporters” as Facebook Likes and names on a mailing list. Combined. Multiplied by 10. Seriously, why would the Times repeat that obvious lie? For the same reason they end their announcement article with this gem:

Mr. Bloomberg was introspective as he spoke, and seemed both restless and wistful. When he sat down for the interview, it was a few days before his 50th college reunion. His mortality has started dawning on him, at 72. And he admitted he was a bit taken aback by how many of his former classmates had been appearing in the “in memoriam” pages of his school newsletter.

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 I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

That’s as close to a dictionary definition of hubris as you’ll find. No matter how much money you have, pride goeth before a fall. And for that may the Lord make us truly grateful.

I think the NRA has just been given a wonderful gift by one of its most arrogant nemeses, namely, that quote, which they — along with all lovers of liberty and choice — should annotate and spread as indicative of the leftist nannystate mindset, which reeks of assignation of itself to a kind of secular godhead:  “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. [By infringing on the liberties of my fellow man, because I know better than they, and they need to have someone like me teach them how to be responsible humans] I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.

Well, Mr Bloomberg, thanks for your service to the Church.  For that, you can have yourself buried in a platinum casket.  And yet you’ll still moulder in the ground like the rest of us — your enormous, ego-driven tombstone a testament to your own self-aggrandizement and unbridled arrogance.

Run all the ads you want.  You won’t take our guns.  The efforts in Colorado you pushed led to a pair of recalls and a movement to break from the state by large swaths of the population living outside the regions lorded over by lying Democrats who were willing to break their campaign pledges for the Cause.

In the end, maybe “immigration reform” will be the undoing of the Second Amendment as a legal imperative.  But it won’t get guns out of the hands of those who know how tyrants operate.  So go ahead, turn us all into outlaws.

Chicks dig outlaws almost as much as ordinary humans hate pompous, presumptuous, arrogant would-be gods like Bloomberg.

Deal, bitch.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:42am
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Comments (35)

  1. Population of US: 300 million (approximate)

    Number of kids killed by firearms accidents: 159

    Yeah, it’s an epidemic!

  2. This reminds me of the infamous anti-Goldwater ad, as well as the legion of ads run against Ronald Reagan — or “Ronny Raygun,” as those clever wags on the left thought so amusing.

    If political history repeats itself, might I suggest as a good response something along the lines of the 1968 anti-Spiro Agnew ad?

  3. Comparing apples to apples, and using CDC numbers for both, they report the number of fatal automobile accidents at 28 per 100,000 licensed drivers 19-and-under, but gun deaths (including homicide, suicide and “intentions undetermined” ) at less than 5 per 100,000 for the same age group, which makes automobiles 5-6 times more lethal than guns.

    Total gun deaths in the US in 2012: 11,078 (includes homicides and suicides)
    Total automobile deaths in the US for 2012: 34,080 (includes those where alcohol/drug use was involved)
    Total iatrogenic (caused by physician/pharmacologist error) deaths in the US: between 44k and 98k, depending on definitions/methodology

    Why isn’t Bloomberg trying to stop the greater threats? Is it because we can’t use automobiles and physician errors to stop tyrants like him?

  4. No Mayor Bloomberg… the road to HELL is paved with good intentions.

    Twit.

  5. Thanks for not blocking me.

    Stacy McCain blocked me so I wasn’t able to explain to him and his readers how things work.

    What happens is assholes celebrate 17 year olds getting shot to death point blank because they had a penis and that caused them to be in the wrong place at the wrong time (a girl’s room). The fact the 16 year old girl is fucked for life, the shooter is fucked for life, and the dead teen’s family is fucked for life isn’t recalled amidst the cheering of death because “I got me some daughters.”

    Others who have sons or a sense of morality see young death and horror and don’t cheer. These folks then agree bastards celebrating death shouldn’t be trusted with freedom as they can’t hack it.

    The logic is shitty all around, and the reasoning specious, but there are reasons in existence.

  6. Funny how that “logic” is never used against automobiles or doctors, but whatever… Eggs, omelets, disarmed populace, tyrannies, amIright?

    “So why not call the police?” Because the police are not only not required to protect the people that pay their salaries, they are often the ones doing the assaulting. (I mean, I can see how two Asian women can be so easily mistaken for one black male., can’t you?) When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

    “I got me some daughters”, and who cares if a rapist has suddenly appeared in their bedroom, right? They probably deserved it for letting their hair down. Should have been wearing that burqa…

    “The logic is shitty all around, and the reasoning specious, but there are reasons in existence.” But if those “reasons in existence” are based on shitty logic and specious reasoning, how valid can those reasons be? If all you have are feelings, rather than facts and data, why should the rest of the world follow your utterly subjective lead? Why should your feelings override the Constitution, never mind millennia of history?

    Tell you what, junior, when things turn to shit (as they inevitably do), I promise not to use my weapons to protect you and yours, and you can wait for the police to show up instead, fair enough?

  7. *but there are reasons in existence.*

    ? ‘splain, please.

  8. Didn’t we have a similar discussion on this here board last year following the house-to-house illegal search for the elusive Boston Bomber? Weren’t those who were totally cool with having their homes and outbuildings searched and their weapons catalogued down with that shit and couldn’t understand what the big deal was? Did a bunch of us explain the slippery slope of militarized policing and a weak-kneed populace?

  9. . . . there are reasons in existence.

    Maybe it’s a general reference to “en arche ho logos“?

  10. Could be. I don’t believe that’s where he was going, but I’m willing to hear an explanation.

    (Apologies for missing words in previous post due to lack of sleep.)

  11. Well leigh, tongue, cheek, batteries supplied separately. On the other hand, Plato points out in the Republic that in regards to principles (arche) we have to think sometimes of where we’re going, and other times from where we’re coming.

  12. Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory… lasts forever.

  13. Are you sure that sack full of pride you’re carrying will fit through Heaven’s Gate, Mr. Bloomberg?

  14. Mike Bloomberg is still alive, but it’s the Kochs that are put out there as pernicious, lying bastards?

    I must go consult WTFopedia.

  15. Apparently this is now a thing. Crap, I need to get out more.

  16. Touche, sdferr.

  17. Slart – LOL!

  18. If you are going to have an unsecured gun in the house, why box it up in the closet. Keep it in reach dummy.

    I have a full frame Beretta like that and I have trouble comfortably getting my hand around the grip to the trigger. That little girl has some big/strong hands.

  19. So clicking on the “Stop this now” button didn’t take me to any sort of safety-training course, like I expected it would. I mean, how is one to promote responsible gun ownership if one doesn’t promote gun safety education to kids and parents?

    I’m not certain that Mr. Bloomberg is really focused on safety.

  20. I wish “our betters” would make up their minds. They say there are too many of us but, the wont let us kill ourselves in fun and amusing ways.

    While I am asking, if they think fossil fuel use is unsustainable anyways, why not let us use it all up and prove them right?

  21. These videos are not meant to be watched now are they? The whole time I’m taking them more as footnotes, proof of what you are on about, not something to be actually be seen and and absorbed. Ha! That would be absurd. Why willfully watch something I know is going to irritate me? I always take your word it contains what it does and go from there.

    I applaud his effort to throw his money in the air. Why only $50 million? Come on, toss the whole lot! Or you won’t get to heaven. It’s all or nothing. That’s how heaven is, that is the parable of a rich man getting into heaven, the rich man serves two masters, most the time, that advice Jesus gave the rich dude applied to that particular rich dude because Jesus perceived that particular person would alway have an eye on money more so than personal salvation, and the whole camel eye needle thing had to do with packed up camels having to kneel to scootch through their ogee gateways, or some such, it was possible to do, but hard, the camel must be unburdened, coaxed to scootch, then repacked up, all a bother to get inside city gates.

  22. Agitators agitate successfully or find different work.

    We need to agitate as successfully and are fortunate enough to have the truth on our side, mostly.

    So regarding the 2nd amendment have rape victims on TV wishing they had a gun.

    Show dead people (attractive before death) and talk about how they wouldn’t be dead had they a defense available.

    Scare the shit out of the single ladies we all think are stupid. It should be easy to influence the dumb, and Democratics do it all the time. These voters are afraid of losing their right to slut around, so how hard could it be to scare them with pictures and stories of violence that a gun could have prevented?

    We have a gun control activist in Aurora who lost a child to gunfire. She needs to be told her son would be alive today had he a gun to defend himself, and a good mother wouldn’t bury her son because he was defenseless. A good mother arms her child and says “bless his heart” at the dead would-be killers grave.

  23. We have a gun control activist in Aurora who lost a child to gunfire. She needs to be told her son would be alive today had he a gun to defend himself -

    Unless the “child” was a young adult, or even a teenager, I’m going to consider you a moby, since the “arm the kids” strawman has been done to death by gun grabbers trying to discredit self defense advocates.

  24. Last night, on the topic of marijuana legalization, Bill O’Reilly said that his job is to look out for us, not to patronize us. I…saw some sparks, bluish ones, and heard a noise like a gong being rung backwards. I woke up on the carpet with twenty minutes missing.

    Bill O’Reilly is a weapon.

  25. “Unless the “child” was a young adult, or even a teenager, I’m going to consider you a moby, since the “arm the kids” strawman has been done to death by gun grabbers trying to discredit self defense advocates.”

    They want to buy tanks and let kids buy hand grenades at walmart! They’ll buy suitcase nukes on Amazon! Suit case Nuuuukes!

    Tip: Always remember that ANY victim of violence, or a self appointed advocate of such, has the right to unilaterally take your rights away because sympathy, decency, and don’t be such a prick face. Also they are never ever wrong about anything.

  26. “BREAKING: Bloomberg Launches Everytown for Gun Safety”

    Nothing new. Leftists ALWAYS grave-dance children’s graves for gun control. #Newtown #Columbine

  27. National Child Mortality Data, 2007
    53,287 of total child population 82.3M

    Causes, per 100,000 population
    -Natural Causes 36.2K

    -Unintentional Injury 11.5K
    –(Top) Motor Vehicle 6,683
    –(Bottom) Firearm 138

    -Homicide 3.3K
    –Firearm 2.1K

    -Suicide 1.6K
    –Strangulation 739
    –Firearm 683

    So, we need better doctors, fewer cars, and no ropes.

    How about wrap-cocooning kids until they get past 19 years of age? Then let ‘em all out at the malls. Pick you up at 10, have fun!

  28. I don’t know if Bloomberg considers himself a Christian; if so, then he really is effing clueless. Here’s a hint, Mike: Isaiah 64: 4.

  29. With their $50 million backing, could they not have afforded a fake pistol made of metal?

  30. We should really be looking at natural causes control, now shouldn’t we? That’s the real child-killer.

  31. The competence of the “top men.”

    Pro-Gunner Snipes ‘Everytown for Gun Safety’ Facebook Page

  32. Bloomberg has been Nullified! In addition to the main Everytown Facebook page, every state now has AT LEAST one Everytown page actually promoting Gun Safety being run by people who actually KNOW about guns!

  33. They are so convinced that people support it, that they disable comments and rating on their videos.

    Know how my daughter will never find my loaded pistol in a shoebox in my closet? Because it’s in my holster, on my belt.

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