Robert Gehl reports gun-grabbing leftist Michael Bloomberg has promised to match any donation to his anti-Second Amendment Group from his own pocket, in an attempt to erode Americans’ gun rights.
Seizing on the mass shooting in Las Vegas that left almost 60 people dead and hundreds wounded, Bloomberg tweeted out his “solution.”
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) October 4, 2017
“US has a gun violence problem,” he tweeted. “@Everytown & @MomsDemand are working to solve it. I’ll match every donation. Give now.”
The gunman – 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers along the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night. At least 58 people were killed and many more remain in the hospital in critical condition.
The shooting reignited the “gun control” debate – as they always do – with Congress and lawmakers paying special attention to “bump stocks” which can be used to modify semi-automatic rifles to fire as fast as highly regulated automatic weapons, The Hill reports.
The National Rifle Association has come out and suggested they would be open to supporting legislation or regulation that would restrict or prohibit “bump stocks.”
On Wednesday, California Sen Dianne Feinstein – author of the now-expired Assault Weapons Ban – introduced a bill to ban the devices.
Of course, these devices are rarely – if ever – used in “mass shootings” and “mass shootings” reflect only a tiny sliver of the gun deaths in America – most in inner cities. Chicago alone had 762 homicides in 2016.
Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York City Mayor, is the deep pockets behind “Everytown for Gun Safety” and “Moms Demand Action,” loosely affiliated groups who receive the vast percentage of their funding directly from him.
Following in Bloomberg’s footsteps are other Democrats. Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan and Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz said they would donate any money they received from the NRA directly to gun-control groups.
Walz – who describes himself as a “strong supporter of the Second Amendment” said that Congress should take “practical steps to help prevent gun violence.”
He said he is donating $18,950 he received in the past from the NRA to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. One problem, however, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is not a “gun control” supporting group. It’s primary goal is to support the families of fallen US servicemen and women.
Ryan, on the other hand, said he is giving the $20,000 he received from the NRA directly to Bloomberg’s “Everytown” plus two other gun control groups, the New York Daily News reports.
Everytown For Gun Safety President John Feinblatt praised the two congressmen for “rebuking the gun lobby, rejecting their money, and helping to fight the gun lobby’s dangerous priorities to roll back silencer safety laws and gut state gun laws through so-called ‘Concealed Carry Reciprocity.'”
“In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in America, it is clear that the American people are fed up with the gun lobby’s dangerous agenda,” Feinblatt said. “By putting profit over public safety, today’s NRA no longer reflects the values of its members or most Americans.”
On Friday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she hopes a ban on bump stocks is a “slippery slope” to more gun control.
“They’re going to say, ‘You give them bump stock, it’s going to be a slippery slope.’ I certainly hope so,” she told a reporter at a news conference.
Watch out, folks. If lawmakers ban bump stocks, will they stop there? Pelosi promised a slippery slope. Is she right? Sound off below!