With tomorrow marking the passage of one year since the horrific atrocity of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, the forcible citizen disarmament zealots can barely contain their rage at their agenda's lackluster performance over the past year, after their gleeful excitement at the lake of blood of the innocent they expected to successfully exploit. U.S. Senate embarrassment Chris Murphy (D-CT) says Congress should be "embarrassed" at not yet having succeeded in entirely crushing private gun ownership in the U.S.
This is no time for rights advocates to celebrate, though. The gun prohibitionist jihad is better funded now than it has ever been in the past, and while a true grassroots movement might remain beyond them, they can afford vast amounts of premium-grade astroturf. From the Associated Press:
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's organization, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has spent roughly $15 million this year on advertising to influence the debate. And former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head while meeting with constituents in 2011, launched a national tour calling for background checks.
And Bloomberg's efforts to buy the forcible disarmament tyranny he so craves are only beginning:
The head of Bloomberg's organization says that the billionaire New York mayor is installing paid staff in more than a dozen states expected to take up gun control legislation next year to complement a robust Washington lobbying operation and television ads.
This is part of a larger trend within the anti-citizen movement--with efforts for more oppressive federal gun laws taking a back seat for now to the punishment of gun ownership at the state level. From the Washington Post:
Gun-control activists have largely given up on Congress, which did not pass background-check legislation after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., last December that killed 20 children and six adults. The groups are shifting their resources to a handful of states such as Colorado, where they have hired political operatives to try to build permanent gun-control movements.
And the deluge of anti-gun money (some of which MAIG extorts from taxpayers) at the state level will only increase next year:
Groups run by New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I), former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and other gun-control advocates intend to spend more than $25 million in 2014, most of it in the states, said officials with knowledge of the plans, which have not been previously reported.
Going back to the AP article, the executive director of Bloomberg's "Mayors Against Illegal Guns," some of whose several hundred mayors have not yet been convicted of serious crimes (and don't forget the racists), has a warning for Americans:
"In 2012, the mayor spent about $10 million or so dipping his toe in the water. I guess we'll find out what the whole foot looks like in 2014," said Mark Glaze, Mayors Against Illegal Guns' executive director.
Glaze may be correct that Americans have not yet seen Bloomberg's "whole foot." We do have a pretty good idea of what it's wrapped in, though.
Update: National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea has much more, in "Bloomberg state-level gun threat recalls little-heeded warning."
- SAF scrutinizes use of city funds for Bloomberg’s anti-gun agenda
- Bloomberg’s MAIG expanding ‘action group’ efforts to states
- 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns': The name is perhaps the biggest lie of all
- Colorado recall election debunks 'elections go to the highest bidder' myth
- Bloomberg’s Virginia largesse a warning to Washington rights activists
- Bloomberg anti-gun mayors group asked if racists are welcome members
- Bloomberg state-level gun threat recalls little-heeded warning