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Bloomberg plans $50 million gun control network

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 16, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.

NEW YORK — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, adding a new dimension to his long-running fight for tighter firearms regulation.

The new organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, plans to mobilize voters to back candidates and ballot measures supporting such causes as enhancing background checks for gun buyers, according to a news release. The group also plans to issue candidate questionnaires and scorecards and form a political action committee.

"This new organization will bring more people into the fight against gun violence, which affects every town in America," Bloomberg said in a statement. The group will look closely at 15 states, including pro-gun states such as Texas, and other states where gun control initiatives have advanced.

The National Rifle Association had no immediate comment Wednesday but said it would respond at its annual meeting next week in Indianapolis.

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AmericasDoomed says... April 16, 2014 at 1:33 p.m.

Poor guy just doesn't have enough to do since he's not New York's mayor anymore. He's got such a huge ego that he'll throw money around just to stay relevent and in the news.

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Capitalist12 says... April 16, 2014 at 10:42 p.m.

Typical liberal. Trying to take away someone else's right while maintaining that same right for himself. You can bet Bloomberg has armed bodyguards, like Ted Kennedy before him. Some are more equal than others.
Moreover, they believe in the Bill of Rights deeply, as long as your opinion is the same as them.

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KCSAP says... April 17, 2014 at 6:03 a.m.

This should go over just like the 32oz soda ban. A fool and his money are soon parted.

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Duhig says... April 17, 2014 at 8:43 a.m.

Where in the article does it say that he is trying to take away guns and/or 2nd amendment rights. It says that, like the Coke brothers, that he wants to influence elections. He wants to help elect people who understand the issue of gun violence. Expanded background checks do not deny rights.

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HalALouyah says... April 17, 2014 at 8:55 a.m.

So Coca Cola is influencing elections now? Wow, I learn something new every day!

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T6 says... April 17, 2014 at 9:03 a.m.

What can you expect from a Lib who thinks he's going to tell God what to do?
Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”
Pure arrogance!!

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Packman says... April 17, 2014 at 9:55 a.m.

@Duhig - "He wants to help elect people who understand the issue of gun violence." Either name one elected official who doesn't understand the issue of gun violence, or STFU!
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"Expanded background checks do not deny rights." This is a stupid, ignorant, typically liberal statement. Ever heard the word "infringe"? Look it up. Expanded background checks infringe on my rights in the sense they force me to do something that serves NO useful purpose to society whatsoever. Anytime the government forces me to do ANYTHING, they infringe on my right NOT to do whatever it is they force me to do.

We can only hope this becomes a campaign issue this fall. Even wingnut libs like Harry Reid realize gun control will cost Dems votes if they keep pushing their illogical and useless gun control agenda. Keep up the good work, Mr. Bloomberg. You are doing very well in making sure pro-gun candidates get elected this fall.

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3rdWorldState says... April 17, 2014 at 10:43 a.m.

But infringing on voters rights? You're cool with that.
So transparent. So useless. Such an idiot. You are the king.

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Packman says... April 17, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.

@3rdWorld - Either show where I EVER said voter ID laws didn't "infringe" in the sense of requiring people to show a little responsibility and self-reliance or apologize immediately. Yes, along with the overwhelming majority of Americans I believe requiring a valid ID to vote is a reasonable infringement (if that's what you want to call it). Mandating a background check so I can give my 12 year old nephew an heirloom shotgun is not a reasonable infringement. Better take a chill pill, 3rdWorld, I can tell my application of critical thought has you a little on edge. But you do make it soooooo easy, and fun!

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