When Michael Bloomberg launched Everytown for Gun Safety, the former NYC Mayor touted his gun control group as a “grassroots” anti-NRA org. The irony of that debut – unveiling a [supposedly] populist anti-gun movement financed by a single $50 million cash donation – was lost on the mainstream media. But TTAG readers responded with keen insight, posting comments that basically proclaimed “I don’t think the word ‘grassroots’ means what former Michael Bloomberg thinks it means. Or wants it to mean.” Here’s more proof, if proof be needed, that Mayor Mike’s grassroots anti-gun group is actually a lush crop of freshly extruded Astroturf . . .
Ten days after Michael Bloomberg announced a $50 million investment in gun control and proclaimed the National Rifle Association should be afraid of him, the Bloomberg-backed Everytown for Gun Safety group is taking the fight directly to NRA — picking up a chunk of the tab for hundreds of activists and gun violence survivors to attend the annual NRA convention in Indianapolis.
The group said that more than 100 mothers and 20 survivors of gun violence will arrive in Indianapolis on Friday. Everytown is covering the cost of the mothers’ hotels in Indianapolis, and paying the travel and lodging expenses for a group of 20 survivors to be in Indianapolis this weekend, an Everytown spokesperson told BuzzFeed.
Everytown would not disclose how much it was spending on the weekend, but said funds are from a combination of group’s money and fundraising efforts leading up to the convention.
Here’s the thing: if we assume that 20 of the roughly 35 anti-gunners in the picture above were paid to make the scene, that means Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (Everytown’s female-oriented subsidiary) only assembled 15 self-propelled protestors. As opposed to some 60k people who showed up at the NRA Convention on their own nickel.