Bloomberg’s campaign for America’s heartland


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 Bloombergtwo 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.


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


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  2. Please do not confuse the former mayor with everyone that lives in NYS-or NYC for that matter. He is a despicable, vindictive progressive that thinks because he has $$$$ and lots of it, he knows all. Along with Emperor Cuomo II in Albany and Comrade Mayor of NYC, these leftists give NY & NYC an even worse name than what we deserve.

  3. I hope his efforts fall flat. That being said please don’t lump all of us in the northeast in with him. I’ve personally moved a bit north of the nanny states as I am pro 2A and my former state isn’t far behind ny and ct.

  4. Paul Mousseau on

    Forgive me if I am wrong, but I though “grass roots” was a bunch of folks getting together, maybe on a shoestring, to get something done. Not some 1%er tell the rest of us how to live with a 50 million dollar war chest.

  5. Dan Nowotarski on

    Lets make sure every bit of that money goes to waste, by not supporting any Mayors that support Bloomberg’s real campaign of “Mayors against law abiding citizens owning guns” and only support moms who support the 2nd. Amendment. God Bless America.

  6. Michael Kane on

    I believe his first act should be to remove all firearms from his body guards. Esphally those protection his loved one.
    When that happens, I’ll before than happy to listen to his BS.

  7. If I had 50,000,000 I gladly give to a fund to rounds up these anti gun anti America anti rights idiots and ship them off to their own little gun free island were they can all share the love and when the criminals arrive to take it away I’ll send them some pepper spray and squirt bottles so they can defend themselves . 🙂

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  10. Ryan F. Mercer on

    It is easy to feel threatened when someone want to regulates something that some us use in our daily lives. Gun rights are important, and so too is gun safety. The mayor isn’t trying to enrich himself or grab power. He has seen first hand the multitude of young and promising lives snuffed out in an instant by the kind of random gun violence that occurs in large cities. The assassination of an entire class room of 6 year olds is still fresh in the mind for those with a conscience and a sense of obligation to the innocent victims. Gun rights are a must. Gun safety is a must. Mayors that take their job and responsibilities seriously are a must. Stop the ‘we versus them’ mentality and realize that we all have a part to play in the solving of this problem. It is a real problem and it takes good men like Bloomberg to force the rest of us to face up to it.

  11. Terran Casper on

    It’s not even that they are our tools. It is our right so that we can defend ourselves from tyrannical governments like ours is turning in to.

  12. robert williams on

    what the rich gun control nuts need to do is pool ALL of their ill gotten gains and spend that whole amount to bust the damn gangs who are giving gun owners a bad rap. Ecpecially in light of the way they promote wars around the world and supply guns to every extremest group who wish to over throw a government that we have no business even dealing with. THEN we will discuss gun control. NOT GUN CONFISCASION.

  13. It is fun to joke about this as a fellow from another “fly-over” state (love that term!)
    But let’s recognize what we are dealing with here. All these proposals are pushed as “moderate” changes and made to sound reasonable. Do not fall for their lies. This is propaganda.

    Make no mistake. These democrats will take away our rights and guns if we let them. It is up to us to talk to everyone we know and vote these bums out. Voting booth results carry far more weight than television ads. Let’s send these progressives a message and vote all these bums out.

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