News and opinion blog Mediate made the startling statement Tuesday that Democrats, nervous about former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's willingness to attack Senators (even Democrats) who fail to toe the line of his forcible citizen disarmament agenda, have talked him into "giving up on gun control":
After donating $2.5 million to the Democratic Senate Majority PAC, America’s favorite Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent, former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, is signaling that his great crusade against guns is running out of steam. The need for new gun laws that was so pressing in 2013, and that Bloomberg and his organization, Mayors Against Illegal Handguns, lobbied so hard for, is apparently no longer so acute.
As evidence, they point to Bloomberg's donation of $2.5 million to the "Senate Majority Super PAC," dedicated to maintaining the Democrats' control of the Senate. That group has already run ads supporting Democrat Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR), Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Mark Begich (D-AK), all of whom had drawn Bloomberg's fury with their votes against the Manchin-Toomey "universal background check" amendment (or more accurately, voted against ending the filibuster).
Granted, for Bloomberg to support those Senate Democrats is a major reversal, coming not long after he had vowed to attack pro-gun Democrats. On the other hand, as the party leadership has been telling him, his agenda of oppressive new federal gun regulation is best served by Democrat hegemony in both houses of Congress, even if some of the Democrats making up those majorities occasionally vote for their constituents' rights, rather than the party line. Also, as Ed Morrissey points out, writing for Hot Air, "If Pryor, Hagan, and Begich end up winning re-election because of Bloomberg’s (indirect) largesse, that just puts them even more in debt to the party’s bosses on gun control, and they won’t be so quick to dissent the next time it comes up."
The recent merger of "Moms Demand Action" and Bloomberg's wholly owned subsidiary "Mayors Against Illegal Guns," joining Bloomberg's vast wealth to the Demanding Moms' stridency, does not indicate an exit from the debate on Bloomberg's part.
Perhaps more importantly, National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea has been trying to draw attention to Bloomberg's emerging effort pushing well-funded (of course), slickly professional anti-rights lobbying campaigns in individual states, rather than concentrating so fully on the federal level. Mr. Codrea and Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman both make a compelling case for Bloomberg shaping up to be the biggest threat to gun rights in the country.
These are not the actions of someone verging on "giving up on 'gun control.'" Bloomberg's ego and lust for power are unlikely to allow him to give up. Just as mass shooters tend not to give up until they meet armed resistance, Bloomberg should not be expected to give up on his evil until met with resistance he cannot overcome.
That may very well end up needing to be armed resistance, as well.
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