Everytown for Gun Safety Spent $36m on Gun Control Lobbying in 2013

Michael Bloomberg (courtesy telegraph.co.uk)

U.S. News‘ headline above an AP report on Everytown for Gun Safety: Backed by activist moms and Bloomberg’s money, gun-safety group expands influence in states. The article regurgitates Everytown’s spin on their progress (or lack thereof) degrading and destroying Americans’ gun rights. Pay no attention to our resounding defeat on the national level. Or polls that show majority and growing support for gun rights. Or gun rights expanding in more than a dozen states. We’re kicking ass and taking names on the state and local level! I’ll spare you the anti-gunners’ bloody shirt-waving high-fives. To his credit . . .

AP writer Ryan J. Foley includes some choice NRA quotes pushing back against Everytown’s PR. Like this:

In its most recent tax filing, Everytown reported $36 million in spending in 2013, or about 10 times as much as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a prominent gun-control group that has little presence in states. The 5 million-member NRA spent $290 million that year, including $27 million on its lobbying arm.

The NRA remains a potent force in states. Gun rights supporters have successfully pushed for legislation to allow concealed weapons in more public places and to loosen permit and license requirements that they say undermine the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

A new law in Maine, for example, allows legal gun owners to carry concealed handguns without a permit, wiping out a mandatory permit system that had been in effect for nearly a century. It was a defeat for Everytown, which ran television, radio and digital ads across the state against the bill.

Texas lawmakers gave the gun lobby its best session in 20 years, passing bills to allow those with permits to carry guns in plain sight and to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. Yet even there, lobbying from gun-control supporters helped obtain a significant concession that will allow university administrators to carve out gun-free zones.

Did you catch that? Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg personally pledged $50m to the gun control crusade. According to this, he’s already spent most of it, with $700k allocated to the Virginia Senatorial race. Some say Bloomberg made a $50m per year commitment. Regardless, Mayor Mike will dip into his bank account again – as long as the AP and the rest of the mainstream media continue their hosannahs. Which they will.

“People tend to listen to moms for lots of reasons,” said North Carolina Rep. Duane Hall, a Democrat. Like other lawmakers, he wore an orange tie to show solidarity when hundreds of moms in orange — the favorite color of a girl killed in Chicago — packed the Capitol earlier this year during debate on the gun bill.

People tend to ignore Moms demanding action for gun control in America for a lot of reasons, too. Bottom line: you can try to buy common sense gun control but you can’t buy common sense. Thank God.

comments

  1. avatar jwm says:

    36 million bucks. Well spent money. Not. How does a man get to be successful in business making poor decisions like this?

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      It proves that Will Rogers was right — America does have the best politicians that money can buy.

    2. avatar Ray Ficara says:

      I was at a Friends dinner with Chris Cox, Wayne and Cam Edwards. They told us that the off year political fund for the entire NRA is $17million or less than half. The tab for the major election cycle is $30 million or 60% of what Bloomturd spends.

  2. avatar Ed says:

    He shouldn’t be allowed to handle guns….I wonder how he keeps from peeing his pants.

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Depends….

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “Depends….”

        (Rimshot with a cymbal crash…)

        *snicker*

    2. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

      Pelvic sling.

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    Rep. Duane Hall, a Democrat, wore an orange tie to show solidarity with thousands of other Democrats in orange jumpsuits. We can only hope that some day they will all be wearing the same attire, starting with that little douchebag from New York City.

  4. avatar Another Robert says:

    What is a Brit actor doing standing next to Bloomie in front of an NYPD banner??

  5. avatar PeterC says:

    Bloomberg wants to be George Soros when he grows up.

    1. avatar Jay in Florida says:

      That little puissant is as grown as it will ever get.

  6. avatar DaveL says:

    hundreds of moms in orange — the favorite color of a girl killed in Chicago — packed the Capitol earlier this year during debate on the gun bill.

    Can anyone confirm this actually happened?

    1. avatar Dr. Michael S. Brown says:

      DaveL has a good question. The hundreds of moms in orange sounds rather unlikely.

      1. avatar Dr. Michael S. Brown says:

        Here’s the best link I could find to the hundreds of moms in orange. Looks like may three dozen moms, kids and dads judging by the photos they posted.

        https://medium.com/@kaarenhaldeman/how-north-carolina-moms-fought-the-nra-and-won-a87bcc5dce6e#.jvwt1jemd

        If indeed this small group influenced legislation, it’s a good lesson for our side.

      2. avatar Indiana Tom says:

        The hundreds of moms in orange sounds rather unlikely.
        All criminals in prison.

      3. avatar Indiana Tom says:

        I hope more Donkeycraps and RHINOs wear orange.

    2. avatar Former Water Walker says:

      She danced for Odumbo-Hydaya Pendleton. “Course she WOULDN’T have been shot if the punk azz had done actual time after the BOY pointed a LOADED pistol at a cop…but I digress. Conveniently never mentioned…

  7. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    Will comment further later but this is a weekend caption contest photo

  8. avatar Geoff PR says:

    “Did you catch that? Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg personally pledged $50m to the gun control crusade. According to this, he’s already spent most of it, …”

    I’m throwing the BS flag on that one.

    Bloomie didn’t get to be a ‘billionaire’ by throwing that much money at something with that pathetic of a result.

  9. avatar gsnyder says:

    Bleed them out of money.

  10. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    so how much of this was Shannon’s salary??

  11. avatar John Boch says:

    He’s spending $50M each year towards gun control with Everytown.

  12. avatar KDB says:

    I figure the three with Bloomie are all carrying !!

  13. avatar Tominator says:

    LOL! To you folks! +100!

  14. avatar Dave says:

    In that picture, Bloomberg is pointing the rifle DIRECTLY at the guy next to him. This is an especially careless move, since guns are sentient beings that can act on their own and murder people (according to the dunderheads in Everytown). At least he’s not pulling a “Feinstein” and putting his finger on the trigger.

    It is terrifying that people who know so little about guns are spending billions to change public policy on them. There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action.

  15. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    “People tend to listen to moms for lots of reasons”

    Why? What special insights do mom’s have? Do they have special abilities at reasoning, data analysis, and research? No, no they don’t. That is why I just facepalm when people act like a mom has some sort of special intuition about guns, gun laws, self defense, etc.

    1. avatar Slick says:

      This. Just because you pushed a giant lump out of your baby cannon does not make you an expert on gun (or any other) policy.

  16. I am from Maine. Any politician that has voted for gun control has committed treason and a breach of contract. He/she swore an oath to defend the Constitution. THAT is a verbal contract. By breaking that oath he/she is in breach of contract and can be sued in a tort action. Go for it, someone should get some money out of it and it will hurt him/her and maybe shut him/her up. No double standards put the DC politicians on Obamacare and SS.Thanks for your support and vote.Pass the word. mrpresident2016.com

  17. avatar Libertarian says:

    Same money burning as the fed 🙁
    If you see what you can do good and usefull from that money it makes realy angry ………..

  18. avatar Chip in Florida says:

    I like it how the NRA spending money to lobby politicians is this big horrible thing that has to be stopped but Bloomberg spending money to lobby politicians is a grass-roots movement that is to be encouraged and supported.

  19. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

    Imagine the good they could do if Everytown for Gun Safety spent that money on promoting gun safety instead of gun control.

  20. avatar john says:

    This is the same gun that cops keep in their trunk for the real serious stuff.Bloomburger and his ilk never get it ,that in America the guns belong to the citizens first,the citizen has MORE rights to firearms than any cop or soldier. WE HAVE OUR OWN AMENDMENT,,,, WHICH IS THE LAW OF THE LAND.

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