The Patriot Post® · Bloomberg and Second Amendment Battle Lines

By Nate Jackson ·

Among the many issues on which the political divide seems to be growing is the Second Amendment. We’ve written at great length about “the palladium of liberties,” including just this week on both the Supreme Court’s conundrum over a New York City law and Virginia Democrats’ renewed effort to pass gun-grabbing legislation — as well as the growing “sanctuary city/county” movement in the state to reject those unconstitutional laws.

We truly hope the Supreme Court doesn’t sidestep the New York issue because of the city’s transparently phony effort to “moot” the lawsuit. The Second Amendment, unlike our other rights protected in the Bill of Rights, is sorely lacking in judicial clarity. As David French writes, “States can (and do) set high ceilings, but under current Second Amendment jurisprudence, it seems that they may be able to set very, very low floors — so low that that many jurisdictions take the position that the only clearly protected Second Amendment right is the right to possess a handgun in my own home for self-defense. A core individual liberty protected by the Bill of Rights should not be so poorly defined.”

As if on cue, Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has come along with proposed gun control that does nothing but violate the Second Amendment. The billionaire former mayor of New York City already funds Everytown for Gun Safety, one of the nation’s leading anti-Second Amendment activist groups, and is on record saying that anyone who has a gun in their home is “pretty stupid.” He also recently had favorable things to say about the Communist Chinese, who he says have to “listen to the public” because “no government survives without the will of the majority of its people.” Actually, the ChiComs long ago secured their tyrannical rule by murdering tens of millions of unarmed people.

So, what does Bloomberg want? Despite having previously displayed his baffling ignorance on firearms, Bloomberg went to Aurora, Colorado — scene of the movie-theater mass shooting in 2012 — to pitch a slew of bad policies to regulate tools he knows nothing about. Bloomberg’s wishlist includes a renewed ban on so-called “assault weapons” as well as a federal ban on standard-capacity magazines, “universal” background checks via a de facto national firearm registry and permit system, a federal “red flag” law, waiting periods, increased purchase age, banning 3D-printed guns, banning guns from all school campuses, and eliminating laws that protect firearm manufacturers from frivolous liability lawsuits.

Somebody has to fill the gap after Beto “Hell Yes, We’re Going To Take Your AR-15” O'Rourke dropped out of the race.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed,” reads the Second Amendment. Bloomberg and his ilk are doing their best to infringe at every turn.