I've got to confess, I find this slate piece on the gun control movement's new worst enemy fascinating:
Is Michael Bloomberg helping or hurting his cause? When the New York mayor’s organization, Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, launched its $12 million advertising campaign to pressure lawmakers into supporting gun control legislation, the negative reaction from the NRA was predictable, but a week after the launch, the reaction from potential allies has also been cool. Senators and staffers working on bipartisan legislation say that Bloomberg’s effort to mobilize voters is less effective because it is also energizing gun control opponents. It’s pressuring lawmakers in the wrong way, too. Any legislator targeted by Bloomberg’s campaign who ultimately supports gun control legislation will look like he or she is being bowled over by a nanny-state mayor who wants to tell their constituents how to live their lives.
The left loves to accuse the NRA of ghoulishly trying to profit from the murder of children at episodes like the Newtown shooting. But they forget that the NRA waited a week before so much as making a statement about it. It was Bloomberg's organization "Dwarven Mayors Against Illegal Guns" who leapt into the political frey instantly. They are the ones who had their legislative goals staked out in advance, just waiting for another shooting. They are the ones who drowned their allies in the leftist media with carefully crafted press releases, position papers, cherry picked studies, and polls so slanted they even made NRA members seem anti-gun. If there was a ghoul out there after Newtown, it was the little man from New York, not anyone at the NRA.
And it was his money that caused the Democrat party to jump, even though they knew it was a bad bet. Bought and paid for hacks like Andrew Cuomo and his Democrat legislature rushed though legislation so poorly designed that they had to unwind it once they looked at the facts - doing so before the law was enacted.
The usual suspects all jumped for joy as well from the safety of their carefully gerrymandered districts. But now the brakes have been put on, and the future prospects for more infringement are beginning to dim.
In large part thanks to Bloomberg's well earned reputation as a bossy little know it all who gets off on telling the peasants how to live their lives, the gun control movement is weakening with every step they take. For all the money he's throwing at it, it seems the rest of the country isn't as comfortable with letting this arrogant little fraction of a man telling them what to do as the people of New York City are. Go figure.
1 million more people have joined the NRA thanks to him, President Obama, and their joint efforts on gun control. It was a political loser for Democrats in the past and it looks very much like it will be again. So it will be fun to see Bloomberg choke down this defeat.