Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, has been looking high and low for candidates to endorse and support in the upcoming elections, but he may have run out of viable options. Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety this week announced a round of endorsements that included candidates from 28 states, most of whom are Democrats. According to media reports, though, he’s going to have a hard time finding many races to get involved with.
The reasons for this are many – and Bloomberg’s spokespeople have insisted that the planned $50 million infusion isn’t just intended for political candidates – but one of them is the relative silence on gun control. Though there are exceptions around the country, the vast majority of House and Senate campaigns are focusing on anything but.
Could it be that the Democrats finally realize they’re on the wrong side of this issue? Probably not, but it certainly indicates a shift in strategy. It’s been a couple of years since the last major mass shooting that captured headlines, and liberals can only find purchase for their regulatory overreach when people are scared. Unfortunately for them, their increasingly militant rhetoric over the last decade has scared people: gun owners. And with someone like Obama in office – an enemy of the 2nd Amendment if there ever was one – it was only natural that gun rights advocates on both sides of the political spectrum would grip their firearms tighter than ever.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the Democrats actually are wrong on this issue.
According to countless studies, tougher gun laws don’t do a damn thing to bring down murder rates. This is demonstrated by places like Chicago, where unlicensed, unregulated, illegal guns are used to kill hundreds of people each year. How could that be? Chicago has some of the nastiest anti-gun laws in the country. Is it possible that the vast majority of violent crimes are committed by…wait for it…criminals?
This is the logic that seems to escape people like Michael Bloomberg while being blindingly obvious to the majority of Americans. It’s the same logic that makes “gun-free zones” a joke. Most of the mass shootings of the last fifty years have taken place in areas where guns were theoretically not permitted. Do liberals think Sandy Hook Elementary allowed Bushmasters and Glocks on campus? Somehow, Adam Lanza was still able to commit one of the most gut-wrenching mass shootings in the country’s history.
Liberals, though, use the emotionally-charged atmosphere following these tragic incidents to push gun control measures that would only affect law-abiding citizens. They try to enact legislation that would only affect domestic gun accidents even while putting grieving Sandy Hook families behind them on the stage. They conflate the issues, in other words. Maybe Democrats have finally realized that the American people aren’t that stupid.
Bloomberg will continue to throw money away on commercials and other forms of propaganda, but the only people listening are the ones as anti-freedom as he is.