Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week that he is going to spend $50 million to create a massive grassroots political action group – a movement to rival the National Rifle Association’s power and lobbying ability – to finally bring an end to “‘gun violence.”
Bloomberg hopes to use the estimated 1/600th of his net worth to blend his two main groups, Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, into one new powerful bloc, which he’s calling Everytown For Gun Safety.
He wants the Everytown group to bring his anti-gun message off of the coasts and into the heartland of America.
Boy is this gonna be fun to watch!
I know exactly how my Carhartt-clad kin in northern Minnesota will react.
To them, Bloomberg has always been somewhat of a joke, and New York City’s nothing more than a punchline.
The first time they receive an Everytown mailer, or God forbid an actual visit, it will not be pretty.
They’d sooner relinquish their snowmobiles or ice fishing shacks than their guns – and by the way they love to rocket across the frozen tundra and fish for walleye through three-feet of ice.
There’s a reason why they won’t give up their guns or allow them to be further regulated, and it cuts across party lines. It’s the one thing that the good mayor and his sycophants have never understood about midwesterners, and it’s the same for southerners.
To us, guns are not a political football like they are in New York City. They’re not something whose worth or rights of ownership is debated.
They’re simply a tool.
They’re how my kin put venison, duck and pheasant in the freezer. They’re the first thing you retrieve from the nightstand or the closet when the dogs start barking, or when there’s a strange noise in the middle of the night.
As to the NRA, well that’s an easy one.
The National Rifle Association – the country’s oldest civil rights organization – has been around for 142 years. It’s a known commodity. Almost every one of my relatives has the black hat and the sticker on their truck.
Sure, the group has had some foibles over the years, but most folks who reside in what the former mayor considers the fly-over states realize that any 142-year-old group run by human beings has most likely made a few mistakes.
As to the Everytown, Mayors or Mothers groups, well, they’re complete unknowns from “back east.”
I wish the mayor good luck in all his endeavors, which I’m certain will be, at the very least, entertaining.
I hope he kicks off his “heartland” campaign in northern Minnesota, say around November 8th, which is our opening day, and I’m not talking baseball.
Hizzoner will wish he’d stuck to regulating sodas.