As Michael Bloomberg and his various gun control groups prepare for a new gun control push they are still getting gentle media coverage that gives the impression Bloomberg & Co. won on November 4 when in fact, they lost.
Whether on purpose or inadvertently, the image created is one of Bloomberg and his minions marching from town to town victorious–throngs of once free citizens bowing down before them–handing over their guns, their gun rights, and their freedoms gladly.
In reality, any “wins” Bloomberg cites at this point are thin reads in a sea of defeat.
For example, here’s a December 3 headline from The Wall Street Journal — “Fresh Off Wins, Bloomberg-Backed Gun Group Eyes Future Battles.” And from USA Today — “Bloomberg Gun-Control Group Targets More Than 12 States.”
However, if you get into both articles you learn that November 4 was actually mired by “several unsuccessful Democrat Senatorial and gubernatorial races” (WSJ) and the 12 states being discussed by Bloomberg’s gun control group include some they may not target at all. Some of the 12–like Arizona–are simply states they are thinking about targeting.
Breitbart News previously reported that Bloomberg-supported Senator Mark Udall (D-CO), who lost to pro-Second Amendment Senator-elect Cory Gardner (R) on November 4. The same was true was for Bloomberg-supported gun control Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC)–she lost to pro-Second Amendment Senator-elect Thom Tillis (R-NC).
Bloomberg supported Senatorial candidate Michelle Nunn (D-GA) lost to pro-Second Amendment Senator-elect David Perdue (R-GA) and Bloomberg-supported gun control Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is down by double digits in a run-off with pro-Second Amendment Senatorial candidate Bill Cassidy (R-LA).
Prior to November 4 Bloomberg got involved in August’s Milwaukee County Sheriff’s race in hopes of defeating Sheriff David Clarke. But Clarke won. Prior to that, one of Bloomberg’s most prominent actions was his involvement–via endorsements–in the November 2013 Virginia delegate races. But the NRA beat him 65-2 in those races. Before those races it was the September 2013 Colorado recall elections, where Bloomberg supported state senators John Morse (D-Colo. Springs) and Angela Giron (D-Pueblo). Morse and Giron were both defeated. And when a third recall began for then-state senator Evie Hudak (D-Westminster), Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) asked Bloomberg not to get involved.
Did Bloomberg win in Washington state on November 4? Sure he did. Bloomberg won and freedom lost. But that one win, like his other scattered wins through the years, does not mean Bloomberg-funded gun control is marching forward with air of inevitability. Rather, the historical record says Bloomberg’s “wins” are thin reeds in a sea of defeat.
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