Planning to use the same grassroots tactics as the NRA by encouraging voters and funding political campaigns, New York’s former mayor, Michael Bloomberg recently rebranded his anti-gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, as Everytown for Gun Safety after bringing aboard paranoid Shannon Watt’s group, Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Board members for the group include President Obama, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, Warren Buffet and Eli Broad.
However, unlike the NRA who appeals to every freedom-loving American regardless of age, sex or religion, the new revamped Everytown for Gun Safety is going after women—moms in particular.
In a New York Times statement, Bloomberg warns, “You’ve got to work at it piece by piece. One mom and another mom. You’ve got to wear them down until they finally say, ‘Enough.’”
Bloomberg also promises to invest $50 million of his own money to the organization.
In 2006, Bloomberg started Mayors Against Illegal Guns to push for universal background checks and stop gun smuggling. Since then, the group claims 1.5 million supporters. By joining forces with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Everytown for Gun Safety has pledged to grow the group by another one million supporters this year. Planning to stay away from what they call “hostile” states, Everytown will focus on the 15 states that have already enacted stricter gun control laws since Sandy Hook.
Watts says the new umbrella organization plans to tug on mother’s heartstrings and emotion will “win.” Language that implies women are too weak and emotionally unstable to make sound decisions especially when it comes to theirs and their children’s lives and safety, hurts us all.
We’ve heard this all before. Since early 2013, the media and anti-gun groups have attempted to demonize female gun owners—to learn more read “Pro Choice? Democrats say the Darnest Things.” Watts is the same woman who blew an Open Carry Texas event completely out of proportion, equating the group, that included women and children, to the Taliban and said, “Open Carry Texas was full of people who might rape the women involved in Moms Demand Action.” Natalie Foster from A Girls Guide to Guns said it best: “Women in the gun community are people of integrity. We’re contributors to society. Yet, the media frames us as potentially crazy because we own guns… When you refuse to highlight women who’ve found empowerment and independence through the Second Amendment, you only perpetuate our society’s cycle of victimization and we are not victims.” Since the recent merger of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action in referring to the NRA, Watts went on record to say, “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.” Silly Shannon, you’re too late. Women are the fastest growing demographic of gun owners, with numbers estimated at over 15 million and growing. Since 1990, the NRA has contributed $150 million dollars to political campaigns, thanks to donations from its members. Also, appreciation goes out to the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Program, which has taught 21 million children to stop, do not touch, leave the area and tell an adult if they encounter a firearm.
Maybe the reason why Bloomberg joined forces with Watts and Moms Demand Action is due to his waning membership in Mayors Against Illegal Guns. From 2013 to February 2014, the group had already lost 50 members. At the end of 2013, the group had less than 1,000 members. Supposedly, Everytown has 34,000 donors, which doesn’t even come close to stacking up to the NRA’s five million supporters. Not only that, but recent Gallup polls have revealed that over half of Americans do not want stricter gun control laws.
The NRA has remained silent on the group. The NRA’s director of public affairs, Andrew Arulanandam, says without any fear in his voice, they will “have a lot more to say then,” referring to the NRA’s upcoming annual meeting April 25-27, 2014 in Indianapolis.
Everytown for Gun Safety wants to fight fire with fire and “outmuscle” the NRA. All I can say is Watts and Bloomberg with your 2.5 million compared to the rest of America, good luck with that.
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