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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Michael Bloomberg excercising free speech to stand up for gun safety while National Rifle Association complains

Free speech in America is a right for all citizens to appreciate and enjoy. Therefore, when the US Supreme Court equated money with free speech, it made perfect sense for former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg to exercise his right under the Constitution, to give money for the purpose of fighting gun violence. It's his free speech right.

In other words, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has the right to support unmitigated access to assault weapons used to kill people, as interpreted by the Second Amendment. Likewise, Michael Bloomberg exercised his free speech rights to oppose unregulated access to guns used to kill people. He gave money to "Every Town for Gun Safety" and to oppose the unlimited sale of assault weapons.

Bloomberg's right to spend his money to exercise free speech rights has raised the ire of the NRA. Now, the NRA will be challenged by the grass roots movement that Bloomberg's free speech money is funding. Finally, the NRA will have competition over the influence they exhibit with politicians who, as a result of strong arm tactics aka "campaign donations" are left powerless to support gun regulations.

CNN reports -- Michael Bloomberg is investing a chunk of his personal fortune to minimize the influence of the National Rifle Association.

The former New York City mayor pledged $50 million to his new group Everytown for Gun Safety, an umbrella organization for his two other gun control groups: Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. It aims to make the political climate more supportive of gun control.

The new organization plans to compete against the NRA by adopting its playbook. The NRA has built an impressive and effective organization that touts millions of members, a robust lobbying organization and a massive campaign arm.

"You've got to work at it piece by piece," Bloomberg told the The New York Times.

Thank you Michael Bloomberg.  Finally, somebody is standing up for those who are harmed and murdered in preventable gun violence. Rather than obsessing about Second Amendment rights, the Every Town for Gun Safety intends to prevent the useless loss of life because of zealots who believe guns are more important than protecting the lives of innocent victims.



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