NRA Plans to Make Bloomberg the Issue to Counter Gun Control Ads

It’s clear from this Mother Jones post that the NRA, faced with that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will allocate $12 million through a PAC to help attain some form of gun control in Congress, plans to — you guessed it, this is 21st century politics, right? — turn Bloomberg into the issue. You may as well not turn on conservative talk shows, or watch Fox news, or go to some conservative websites if you’re interested in arguments for and against gun control when this takes place since it’ll be one massive attack on Bloomberg. Do you need more then this to see what’s about to happen?

Bloomberg has scored a handful of recent gun-related victories. He pumped nearly $10 million into Independence USA in the 2012 elections; the super-PAC went on to spend $3 million to defeat Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.), a pro-gun rights congressman. Independence USA also spent millions last month in the Democratic primary for Illinois’ 2nd congressional district to defeat Debbie Halvorson, who had an “A” rating from the NRA. Democrat Robin Kelly, whom Bloomberg supported, ultimately cruised to victory.

The NRA has said it plans to fire back at Bloomberg with an advertising campaign of its own. And an NRA lobbyist told the Times that it’s confident that many Americans won’t buy into Bloomberg’s message. “What he is going to find out is that Americans don’t want to be told by some elitist billionaire what they can eat, drink and they damn well don’t want to be told how, when and where they can protect their families,” Chris Cox, the NRA’s top lobbyist, said.

So let me get this straight: they can’t debate the issue of gun control and whether gun deaths should be a determining factor in enacting laws and make a strong affirmative argument using the constitution. It’s all going to be about Bloomberg’s sugar drinks ban and his money?

So I guess the NRA rejects any contributions or help from donations connected to the Koch Brothers? Or perhaps there have been none, and NRA donations only come in $5 and $10 checks?

This is so typical of American politics. There are issues that can be hotly, passionately debated on their merits. But it always comes down to trying to personally discredit someone and push hot button.

Bloomberg is a big boy.

You know he knows this is coming. You know he’s ready for it.

Are voters?

3 Comments

  1. The S.S. NRA/Titanic is going to run into the Bloom-Berg.

  2. While I don’t like everything Bloomberg has tried to do, the fact that he’s trying to do something about gun control, the majority of us in the tri-state area are okay with this move. Mikey’s got some seriously deep pockets and he won’t hesitate to outspend the NRA on this subject.

  3. Good one dd, I hope it’s prophetic. Gun rights have never been in danger in this country, especially after the recent supreme court ruling. Most of the activity on the NRA side of things is fueled by ignorance, paranoia, and/or some warped version of what it means to be a patriot. (and of course everyone wants to think they are the next action hero) What a pity brains weren’t as popular as guns! I doubt there are many weapons more effective than intelligence.

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