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Bloomberg’s anti-gun group just got a little smaller

Bloomberg’s anti-gun group just got a little smaller

Tom Ridge: “I have decided that I am uncomfortable with their expected electoral work”

The anti-gun advocacy group created by Former New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, just lost one of it’s most high profile Republican members, Tom Ridge, the Daily Caller recently reported.

Former Republican Gov. Tom Ridge is stepping down from his position with Michael Bloomberg’s new anti-gun organization, The Daily Caller has learned.

“When I signed on as an advisor to Everytown, I looked forward to a thoughtful and provocative discussion about the toll gun violence takes on Americans,” Ridge told The Daily Caller in a statement, through a spokesman.

“After consultation with Everytown, I have decided that I am uncomfortable with their expected electoral work,” Ridge said. “Therefore, we have decided that we will pursue this issue in our separate spheres.”

Bloomberg, hoping to add prominent Republicans to his gun control effort, had appointed Ridge to serve on the advisory board of his Everytown for Gun Safety umbrella organization. The New York Times reported last week that Bloomberg, the former liberal mayor of New York City, plans to spend about $50 million dollars to challenge the National Rifle Association.

While Ridge declined to go into detail about the “expected electoral work” Everytown has in store, it’s a safe bet there won’t be much room for “thoughtful discussion” on gun violence.

Take a look at their most recent ad, in which survivors and family members of gun victims attack statements made by NRA leadership.

What do you think? Is it meant to appeal to your thoughts, or to your emotions?

For their part, the NRA has released an ad responding directly to Bloomberg’s $50 Million promise. The ad, featured below, highlights the power of small contributions from its individual supporters.

Funny, the NRA is using a campaign of small individual contributions to get their message out. Millionaire Bloomberg, on the other hand, appears to be taking a different route.

It seems this campaign has the ability to draw attention to more than one faulty political narrative.

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Comments

Henry Hawkins | April 25, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Everytown For Gun Safety

These hypocrite bastards. Nobody… NOBODY… has done and continues to do more gun safety training and advocacy than the NRA.

They don’t say so publicly, but their operating, ultimate, and hidden premise is that there can be no such thing as a totally 100% safe gun, therefore nobody gets one. For The Children.

The aristocrats should have greater awareness. This is a major unforced error that they repeat ad infinitum. Well, the gun thing and self-defense, but especially their euphemistic normalization of generational genocide expressed as a “right” or “choice”. Only a dodo would fall for their well-intentioned deception.

    Phillep Harding in reply to n.n. | April 25, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    No…

    I think this is exactly the sort of blind spot that the majority of the socialite crowd (the sort that goes to “black tie/white tie” events) has except right after they narrowly miss being killed by some gov’t group.

Let me translate that for you. “I’m cool with gun control, but I’m not helping you campaign against Republicans. If I piss off the other RINOs they won’t appoint me to cushy government jobs like head of the Department of Homeland Security.”

Ridge is a RINO. He’s squishy on gun control, and no one with even the tiniest brain could misunderstand Mikey Bloomberg so much that they thought he would be anything other than a gun grabber. So he can stick that “I didn’t know” crap right back up his backside.

This is kind of like Steyer and his “environmental” BS.

He has expressly stated that ONLY Deemocrats may apply for his money.

I does not matter how “environmental” a GOP type may be.

Guns…like all power tools…can hurt people. We still use chain saws and circular saws. Only guns are SCARY.

And, Prof…

there is NO SUCH THING as “gun violence”. Please do not use that term again. Guns are not violent. They are, in fact, left to their own devices remarkably peaceful.

Interesting. Everytown’s vid has ratings and comments disabled, the NRA leaves ratings and comments on. Could it be that they don’t want to be called out as the prevaricators they are?

    4fun in reply to genes. | April 27, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    But we’re the ones who stifle speech and won’t discuss issues…..
    Gun control continues to change names to find the low information voter to eventually ban all guns.

Bloomberg’s desire for a mantle-piece legacy didn’t work out with the Big Gulp episode, so now he’s throwing money at another “save the world” project – controlling people who lawfully own guns to protect themselves against the bad guys.

I’m guessing that the bad guys love Bloomberg’s ads. The ads help give the bad guys the advantage on the street. Everytown has its bad guys and its not the legal and trained gun owners.

The mentally and emotionally ill don’t care about any gun laws. Ask any Jared Loughner.

The jihadists don’t care about any gun laws. Ask any Nidal Malik Hasan.

Bloomberg’s money would be better spent by the NRA (and, of course, by Andrew Branca for his teaching motorcycle tours) educating people as to how to lawfully defend themselves from the above.

Gov’t is not in the best position to protect you at that blink-of-an-eye moment of life and death.

    Police also are under no obligation to protect you.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/politics/28scotus.html?_r=0
    The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_v._District_of_Columbia

    Warren v. District of Columbia[1] (444 A.2d. 1, D.C. Ct. of Ap. 1981) is an oft-quoted[2] District of Columbia Court of Appeals case that held police do not have a duty to provide police services to individuals, even if a dispatcher promises help to be on the way, except when police develop a special duty to particular individuals.

Henry Hawkins | April 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm

“Every Town For Gun Safety”

Oh, yes. We will keep a count of how much the BloomBorg $50 million goes to providing gun safety trainings.

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