Sep. 28, 2014

Anti-Gun Crowd Missing the Target

Frank Miniter of Forbes writes of the big-money anti-gun crowd: “With the midterms just over a month away New York City’s former mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending at least $50 million to make his gun-control agenda part of this election. His gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety has endorsed more than 100 federal and state candidates. They are also running television commercials, holding events and pushing their studies into the newsrooms of a mostly favorable press.” The trouble for Bloomberg and his ilk, however, is that they’re using false, fabricated and deceitful data to drum up fear about guns. And it’s not working. Thanks to the efforts of author John Lott (“More Guns, Less Crime”), for example, Bloomberg has been firing blanks. Miniter notes, “Bloomberg … lost in Colorado and more recently he failed to unseat Sheriff David Clarke Jr. of Milwaukee County, Wis. In both of those political battles guns were a central issue. In 2013 gun-control groups outspent gun-rights groups by about 7.4 to 1 on TV advertising. This was largely because of Bloomberg’s massive anti-gun war chest. Guns have not been a big issue nationally in this election cycle, but the gun issue is influencing voters in places like Washington State, Colorado, New York and Maryland. These contests will affect the momentum, one way or the other, of how the gun issue affects the next presidential election.” More…

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