The Patriot Post® · Bloomberg's Holy War on the Second Amendment

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is renewing his push for tighter gun restrictions. Bloomberg has been a national campaigner for gun control for years, and it became a signature issue of the self-made billionaire’s 12-year term as New York’s mayor. He testified in Washington a number of times and organized Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national group of mayors that at the outset was marketed as an attempt to get illegal weapons “off the streets” of America’s cities. The supposed nonpartisan group soon dropped all pretense as a leftist campaign intent on preventing citizens in urban areas from owning firearms, and a number of mayors left the organization as a result. After early momentum, the group stumbled and then fizzled out completely after Bloomberg left office in 2013.

Not content to amble off into retirement, America’s Nanny is now putting up $50 million of his own money to create a new anti-gun group, Everytown for Gun Safety. Bloomberg insisted on NBC’s “Today Show” that this isn’t a battle for dollars, which is a view that could only be held by a self-righteous billionaire. The amount of money that Bloomberg is plunking down on this effort is about 10 times more than what the NRA spends on advertising. That kind of cash can only be meant for one thing – a saturation-level media campaign. And if its first ad is any indication, then we’re in for a long, uninformed campaign. It depicts a child discovering a loaded pistol in a shoebox in her parents’ closet and it’s implied she shoots her brother. The ad concludes with the menacing words, “Scenes like this happen all the time. More than 2 million American kids live in homes with unsecured guns.”

First of all, only a stone cold moron would store a firearm in such a manner. Second, teaching gun safety is a parental responsibility that the vast majority of gun owners take very seriously. But neither of those is really Bloomberg’s point. It’s that no one should be trusted to own a firearm.

And what about his money? No one in the media seems to have a problem with Bloomberg’s large infusion of cash into the political conversation. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie twice mentioned the $50 million during her interview with Bloomberg, even gushing about how that amount would dwarf the NRA’s public budget. But she never once questioned whether the amount was appropriate, and neither have many op-ed writers in America’s major newspapers. If this were the Koch brothers, the Leftmedia wouldn’t be talking about anything else except the money. Then again, the Kochs also respect the Second Amendment and our God-given Liberty.

Bloomberg’s Everytown campaign is a blatant display of arrogance. He remains bent on tighter gun control laws, ignoring the fact that what Americans really want is the right to defend themselves and their families as guaranteed in the Second Amendment. Like with the campaigns he waged against smoking, salt and large sodas in New York, Bloomberg seems to believe that he has been tapped by some higher power to make America a squeaky-clean place where no one gets to enjoy anything he doesn’t approve of.

He even went so far as to say that he is assured a place in heaven thanks to his work on these issues. “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,” he said. “I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.” What unbelievable and utterly obnoxious arrogance. Bloomberg thinks he knows better than everyone else – including God – about many things, but he couldn’t be more wrong. And he’ll find that out sooner or later.