“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.” [...]
[...] 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.