A few days ago, Rolling Stone ran an interview with Michael Bloomberg. For those who aren’t aware, Bloomberg is the multi-billionaire and financier behind Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. He employs Shannon Watts as his spokesman.
Rolling Stone fell 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 tough 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’s 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 where Bloomberg doubts that roads exist in those pro-gun parts of the country?
The common belief among anti-gun elitists is that gun owners are poor, inbred 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?”).
They believe that no educated individual would ever stoop so low as to own a firearm. That the only people who even think about gun rights live in log cabins in the middle of nowhere and are so dumb an unsophisticated 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, highly educated billionaire tries to “help” them, they refuse it.
It’s a continuation of the theme that the only truly civilized society is in big cities. Michael Bloomberg and his ilk see places like New York City and Chicago as the models, and anyone who doesn’t buy into their version of urban utopia is an ill-bred hick whose opinions really don’t matter.
Wealthy urban aristocrats, after all, know best, and anyone who disagrees is a fool. It’s the very definition of elitism.
Michael Bloomberg, the same man who believes M1 Abrams tanks fire nuclear bombs, is flying that elitist flag pretty proudly these days it seems.