According to the Washington Times, former New York City Mayor (and, at this point, the very last NYC mayor to be a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns) is rumored to be planning a shift in priorities:
Mr. Bloomberg, co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has indicated he’s shifting focus and funds from gun control to amnesty [for illegal aliens] for 2014 — and he has words of advice for the Republican Party.
This is not the first assertion that forcible citizen disarmament is losing its long established top spot on Bloomberg's list of favorite pet tyrannies. Earlier this month, this column took a look at a rather startling statement in Mediate that, "At Democrats’ Request, Even Mike Bloomberg Is Giving up on Gun Control."
Mediate based that contention on the fact that, contrary to Bloomberg's previous practice, he has now started providing monetary assistance to even "pro-gun Democrats." That theory seems to fail to consider a quite plausible alternative explanation:
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 shift in focus from "gun control" to immigration "reform" could similarly be seen as a tactical shift, rather than a change in objectives. In other words, Bloomberg's "shifting focus and funds from gun control to amnesty" could simply be a more roundabout--but potentially far more successful--road to "gun control."
Immigration reform will add over 8,000,000 anti-gun voters to the voting rolls. There may be as many as 11.5 million persons illegally in the United States. And, a Pew poll from last year indicated that if illegal immigrants were given citizenship, they would vote for liberal, anti-gun candidates by an 8-to-1 margin.
This is exactly what happened to California -- which was once a Red State. Because of the Simpson-Mazzoli amnesty bill of 1986, the state lurched violently to the left and now can’t pass gun control restrictions fast enough.
I must acknowledge that I once harbored some doubts about the seriousness of the threat, and even argued that a carefully crafted immigration law overhaul could potentially benefit private gun ownership in the U.S. Further consideration leads inexorably to the conclusion that this was probably very wishful thinking on my part, especially considering the Pew poll indicating an electoral bonanza for Democrats--and therefore for "gun control"--should illegal aliens gain the right to vote.
Those who object to the term "illegal aliens," and insist that these foreign invaders--because that's what people who enter a country illegally are--instead be called "undocumented immigrants," tend overwhelmingly to overlap with those who believe that any "undocumented firearm" should be considered an "illegal gun."
Bloomberg is now supporting even "pro-gun Democrats," because Democrat control of Congress bodes well for oppressive gun laws, even with a few voices of dissent against the "gun control" agenda. A huge influx of newly legal voters from cultures where draconian government control over private firearm ownership is an unquestioned matter of course does the same thing. Bloomberg can hardly be unaware of that.
Update: National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea has much more, in "NRA failing members by ignoring immigration threat to gun rights."
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