A few days ago, Rolling Stone released an interview they did with Michael Bloomberg. For those who aren’t aware, Bloomberg is the multi-billionare and sole backer of the Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, and Mayors Against Illegal Guns campaigns, and employs Shannon Watts as his spokesman. Naturally Rolling Stone was falling all over themselves to appease the man who believes his gun control extremism will allow him to skip the line into Heaven, especially when they ask questions like “Tell me why you’re still fighting for better gun laws even after leaving office as mayor.” Note the use of the phrase “better” instead of “stricter,” as if the interviewer believes in Bloomberg’s position as much as the man himself. Anyway,there was one quote from the article that is pure gold . . .
Has running Mayors Against Illegal Guns for the last eight years made you more or less optimistic about this issue?
Well, there are 16 states that already have [background checks], and they’re populated states. So there’s a big chunk of the country that’s already protected by these laws. And, yeah, you’re not going to get everybody until you get to a tipping point, but the fact that you save a lot of lives is not something to sneer at. And the fact that you can’t save every life is not an argument not to try to save any lives.
In Colorado, we got a law passed. The NRA went after two or three state Senators in a part of Colorado where I don’t think there’s roads [emphasis added]It’s as far rural as you can get. And, yes, they lost recall elections. I’m sorry for that. We tried to help ’em. But the bottom line is, the law is on the books, and being enforced. You can get depressed about the progress, but on the other hand, you’re saving a lot of lives.
Did you catch that part about Bloomberg doubting that roads exist in pro-gun parts of the country?
The common belief among anti-gun elitists is that gun owners are poor redneck idiots from the back woods. It’s something I’ve heard time and again whenever I go back to New York for a few days (“do your friends have all their teeth?”), this belief that no educated individual would ever stoop so low as to own a firearm. That the only people who believe in gun rights live in wood cabins in the middle of nowhere and are so dumb that they simply regurgitate the NRA’s talking points and don’t have any opinions of their own. So dumb, in fact, that when a benevolent educated billionaire tries to “help” them, they refuse.
It’s a continuation of the theme that the only truly civilized society is in big cities. Bloomberg and his ilk see New York City and Chicago as the model, and anyone who doesn’t buy into their version of utopia is an uneducated redneck hick whose opinions don’t matter. Wealthy urban aristocrats know best, and anyone who disagrees is an idiot. It’s the very definition of elitism.
Michael Bloomberg, the same man who believes M1 Abrans tanks fire nuclear bombs, is flying that elitist New York billionaire flag pretty proudly these days it seems.