Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety announced Monday that it would be dumping an additional $400,000 into gun control gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam’s (D) campaign.
They are also dumping $300,000 incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring’s re-election campaign. Herring is so anti-Second Amendment that Gov. Terri McAuliffe (D) with him on concealed carry, saving law-abiding citizens from Herring’s anti-gun machinations.
According to the Washington Post, “Gun control was thrust into the spotlight of the Virginia governor’s race after a gunman killed at least 58 during a country music festival in Las Vegas earlier this month.” But this misses the fact that gun control was already an overarching issue in the race, as exemplified by Everytown’s $1 million in donations in mid-September. They gave $700,000 to Northam and $300,000 to Herring as well.
Nevertheless, Northam used the Vegas attack as an opportunity to renew calls for a ban on “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines. He is also pushing for universal background checks and wants to reinstate Virginia’s one-gun-a-month purchase limit. Northam is pushing these controls even as Democrats on the federal level are backing off gun control for fear of alienating voters during the 2018 mid-term elections.
Everytown is also designating another $90,000 to the state of Virginia. That money is dedicated for outreach to black voters.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.