Lessons From Bloomberg—the Face of Gun Control—Who Admits He Deceives

Bloomberg—Mayors Against Illegal Guns

They say that money makes the world go round. While that may be hard to prove, the fact of simply having a mass fortune and a political agenda can yield results or be a political threat. The politics of where you stand on the issue determines which side of the fence you’ll sit. For supporters of the Second Amendment, it is guaranteed that we will be on the opposite side of the fence as Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg—Mayors Against Illegal Guns
In a statement in the New York Times, Bloomberg warns, “You’ve got to wear them down until they finally say, ‘Enough.’”

However, there are lessons to be learned by Bloomberg’s words. In this article, Frank Minter, writing for the NRA, shows how Bloomberg admits to using deception to attain his political objectives. Points such as these are lessons we can all use When debating and educating others about our Second Amendment rights. Read the full analysis.

Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, the eighth-richest person in the United States, and the billionaire behind the rabidly anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety, was asked on CBS’ “60 Minutes” why he didn’t run for president of the United States. His answer was revealing.

By Frank Miniter

“If I thought we could win, or had a reasonable chance, I would have [run for president],” he said. “It would be totally unlikely, very unlikely that an independent could win. And in my case, I was mayor for a long time. People know where I stand. I couldn’t pretend to be something I’m not.”

So Bloomberg realized that his efforts to ban things like “Big Gulp” sodas, coal mining and, effectively, the Second Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights made it impossible for him to fool a majority of Americans into voting for him. He “couldn’t pretend to be something” else than what he is, so he opted not to run.

That’s honest—at least to himself. Everytown consistently uses “gun death” statistics that include suicides to make it seem as if there are many more homicides than there are.

Officially, Everytown is a private group that doesn’t disclose its donors. Bloomberg is, of course, the founder of Everytown. He funds the anti-gun group and, we must presume, the group does what he desires. So it is interesting that he realizes his anti-freedom, paternalistic views are too well known to the American people for him to win the presidency, but that he nevertheless thinks his group Everytown for Gun Safety is far enough removed from his views to be taken as nothing but a “gun safety” group by Americans.

After all, even if journalists, given their own political leanings, are unwilling to use the old journalist’s mantra “following the money” to report Everytown’s real mission, Everytown has itself lied so much and so blatantly that it also can no longer hide its real agenda. (Tellingly, this is likely the reason Bloomberg morphed “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” [MAIG] into Everytown, as MAIG had so dirtied its name it needed a new one.)

Everytown consistently uses “gun death” statistics that include suicides to make it seem as if there are many more homicides than there are. They have included terrorist acts in their mass shooting statistics and inflated the numbers of mass shootings. There are too many lies and deceptions to report in one article, but here is a quick analysis of their two biggest campaigns at present—both riddled with lies.

Universal Background Checks

The misinformation and outright deceit from Everytown on so-called “universal” background check laws (universal is in quotes because criminals by definition won’t abide by such laws, so such a law can’t be truly universal) is hard to sum up—there is just too much of it. Here are a few highlights.

Everytown says on its website that “under current federal law, background checks are only required on gun sales at licensed dealers. This loophole in the system make [sic] it easy for millions of guns to change hands each year with no background check, and no questions asked.” But the study Everytown sources for this claim is a small survey of gun owners that has to do with stolen guns. This study estimated that “about 380,000 guns [are] stolen” each year, not millions. Everytown doesn’t explain how “universal” background check laws would stop criminals who steal guns from selling the stolen goods to other criminals. The organization also don’t explain how such laws would stop criminals from illegally selling guns to prohibited persons.

The NRA wants real solutions to these problems, such as prosecuting those who sell guns to criminals and encouraging gun owners to safely store firearms they are not currently using. But Everytown isn’t interested in practical solutions that respect American freedom. They want bans, harsh controls and to criminalize as many gun owners as they can.

As a caveat, Everytown claims that “[s]ince enacted [background checks at gun dealers] have blocked nearly 3 million sales to felons, domestic abusers, fugitives, and other people prohibited by law from having guns.” There have been nearly 3 million initial denials since the FBI began the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in 1998, but many of these happen because someone has a similar name to someone who is prohibited or for another reason having nothing to do with felons, domestic abusers, fugitives and other criminal activity.

They want bans, harsh controls and to criminalize as many gun owners as they can.

National Reciprocity

Everytown says law enforcement “overwhelmingly opposes” the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017,” but they don’t source any data for this “overwhelming” claim. They do site a 2013 press release from the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, a group that consistently opposes pro-gun legislation, including the “Hearing Protection Act of 2017,” for this claim, but that hardly constitutes an “overwhelming” majority.

Everytown also says, “Reciprocity would force states to let violent offenders and people with no firearm safety training carry hidden, loaded handguns—even if those people could not otherwise legally purchase a gun in the state.”

This is fear-mongering nonsense. Anyone who reads the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017” can clearly see that the bill recognizes the diversity of state concealed-carry laws by making each person subject to the concealed-carry laws of the state where they are present. This includes respecting the local laws that prohibit firearms.

Everytown also says that “a person denied a permit in his home state—e.g. after a criminal conviction—could simply get an out-of-state permit, and carry back at home.”

Actually, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act allows a person to carry concealed only if they are not federally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm, are carrying a valid government-issued photo ID and are lawfully licensed or otherwise entitled to carry a concealed handgun. It is already illegal under federal law (18 U.S.C. 922(g)) for prohibited persons to possess a firearm.The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would simply protect the freedom of law-abiding gun owners who live in the other 28 states.

Reciprocity is already a reality in the 22 states that recognize all other concealed-carry licenses or allow law-abiding nonresidents to carry a firearm without a license. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would simply protect the freedom of law-abiding gun owners who live in the other 28 states.

All that said, just imagine if Bloomberg were an honest person. He could honestly splash around his $47 billion in ways that might really help. He could look at American freedom for what it is, instead of seeing it as the problem he pretends it is. He could then bolster our freedom while funding new approaches to bust criminals. It would be so much easier this way—working with Americans 100 million-plus gun owners instead of against them.

As Mark Twain said, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

What lessons or points did you take from Miniter’s analysis?  How can others use these points or others you know of, in future discussions/debates? Share your answers in the comment section.

Frank Miniter is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide—Recovering the Lost Art of Manhood. He is also the author of This Will Make a Man of You and The Future of the Gun. He is a contributor to Forbes and writes for many publications. His website is

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Comments (16)

  1. I’m pretty sure it is allowed. Just go to a nearby dealer and tell them you want a BC on a prospective buyer of your firearm.

  2. Anyone who is still capable of critical thinking and asking critical questions understands that Bloomberg, Soros and their ilk have a much deeper agenda. They seek total control of our society, and they know that cannot be accomplished if our society is well armed. History teaches that any attempt at total control MUST begin by disarming the masses. Our guns pose what they consider an unacceptable threat to their total control of our society. Gun control is not about guns, it’s about control.

  3. I live in New Mexico and this is a success story of fighting dirt bag outsiders like Bloomburg.. He rolled big money into my little county south of Albuquerque, because we had kicked out the braindead legislators and put in good ones in the previous elections. Our fight was on to remove a criminal loving, DWI loving, gun hating state Senator. Bloomberg shows up with millions to fight in our little county. NRA-ILA helped us organize and we trampled them for losses of big money in the Trump election. We were so strong we almost flipped NM for Trump. They were frightened so they went to our legislature with millions more to damage the second amendment. We fought them again and won wasting a total of 15 to 20 million of Bloombergs money at this point. So they came back to their stronghold Santa Fe Country to punish all they could with a Soda and drink tax while having budget surpluses. Bloomberg spent another 8 million on a special election spending lots of the leftist Mayors capitol. Lost big! We are thinking those people who won may join us next time after finding their power to fight bullys like Bloomberg.

  4. There is an issue that is, to my knowledge, never raised by either side to this debate. Whether they are required or not is a hot topic. But I, as a common citizen would like to able to vet a buyer of my firearm through the NICS. How can we “prosecute those who sell guns to criminals” if we don’t give “them” an opportunity to meet a standard criteria of a buyer’s non-criminal status? I am quite uncomfortable selling one of my guns (a rare event) to a stranger. So I would only sell a gun to someone I know fairly well, creating a clique of gun owners. Also, limiting the number of people I can sell to effectively lowers the price I can get for the gun. I want private transactions to be allowed to use the NICS. Not required – allowed.

    1. You can sell your own gun through a dealer. Just call some. I don’t understand why you do not know this if it is a big deal to you.

    2. On the rare occasions I sell a firearm, I require a photo ID, and a concealed firearm permit.
      Without both, no sale will be made.
      In my state, a concealed firearm permit is all that is required to purchase a firearm. The federal 4473 must still be filled out, but a much more extensive background check one has to go through to obtain a concealed firearm permit, suffices in lieu of the federal check.

  5. Bloomberg is to the truth about gun violence as Al Gore is to the truth about climate change. Agenda over country every time.

    1. We don’t have a gun problem we have hearts without God, homes without discipline, schools without prayer, and courts without justice

  6. Yeah, follow the money, the NRA is funded by the firearm industry. Dues account for Lee’s than 40% of their funding. If the NRA was so concerned about getting guns ‘off the streets’ why did they keep a member on their boatd that was funneling guns to felons in the Baltimore area for a decade. More than 50% of all guns used in crime around Baltimore were bought at his shop. His books couldn’t account for 400 guns he received during this period. The NRA doesn’t care who winds up with the guns, just that they get out there and the money flows into the CEOs pockets.

    1. @Tim You are of the mindset that the NRA is supposed to be at the forefront of taking guns off the street As a lifetime member for more than five decades as well as being an NRA certified firearms instructor I can tell you that you are full of blue mud. You have been relying on the “propaganda arm” of the Demorrhoid party!!! I doubt you have ANY connection to the NRA other than hating them and its members

      Sure the NRA accepts funds from the firearms industry as it is in the best interest of firearms manufacturers to contribute to those who support them. You obviously do not support anything other than your agenda as I didn’t see any link you provided that supports your allegations.

      I can understand there might be a bad apple or two but for fools like you to focus on them and ignore the rest of those who ARE Law Abiding is ridiculous

    2. Tim….where is your proof? Where are your references to confirm what you are proclaiming?

  7. Michael Bloomberg is nothing more than a hypocrite. He believes in “do as I say, not as I do”. If he doesn’t want people to have firearms for personal protection then why doesn’t he give up his personal armed bodyguards?

  8. Having a bunch of $$$$$ attached to your name obviously doesn’t translate into common sense, like Bloomberg trying to pull a fast one with the MAIG, and when mayors found out it wasn’t just illegal guns that Bloomberg was after, it was all guns, some of them simply dropped out…

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