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Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC Has NRA In Its Crosshairs

March 1, 2013 by  

Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC Has NRA In Its Crosshairs
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Since its formation last October, the ironically named Independence USA, the super PAC (political action committee) started by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has pledged to support the campaigns of gun-control candidates nationwide as a redress to what it describes as America’s “scourge of gun violence.”

Now that the PAC has actually helped a gun control candidate win an election in Illinois, Bloomberg has ramped up the anti-gun part of the fund’s message with a warning to the National Rifle Association that it won’t win a spending contest when the 2014 congressional and gubernatorial election season heats up.

According to a report from The Hill, Independence USA has plans to aggressively promote candidates who run on a strong gun control platform.

Perhaps taking a bit too much credit for the national implications of Robin Kelly’s victory over Debbie Halvorson in a special Democratic primary election to fill a vacant congressional seat in Illinois this week, Independence USA spokesman Stefan Friedman pointed to the win as an indicator that Bloomberg’s gun control PAC is just getting warmed up.

“If this election proved anything, it is that the NRA is no longer alone in being able to educate voters and have their positions taken seriously,” Friedman said.

Bloomberg himself said after the election that voting in a gun control advocate to represent Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District marked “the latest sign that voters across the country are demanding change” from Washington to place heavier restrictions on access to guns.

Never mind the fact that voters in the district already lean heavily in favor of gun control or that Halvorson, who nominally supports 2nd Amendment rights, was playing from behind. The Bloomberg money clearly mattered in helping Kelly to victory, and it will matter in future races. But some districts’ voters, particularly in the rural South, won’t budge anytime soon on gun control for any liberal candidate, no matter how well-funded.

Perhaps the greatest impact Independence USA can have on forthcoming elections is its potential coercive power — that is, the power to seduce candidates who are either on the fence about gun control or would rather keep quiet on the topic — with campaign dollars.

Bloomberg’s PAC spent more than $2 million on the Chicagoland primary. And there’s a lot more where that came from.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Gary L

    We need to have some “crosshairs” on Bloomberg.

    • Doc Sarvis

      Not that is what I expect to see on this site; Advocacy for shooting anyone who dissagrees with you. How UN-American.

      • Mr Diesel

        What a retarded statement. Putting crosshairs on someone does not mean you want to shoot them. It does not mean you are in favor of doing them any harm whatsoever.

        Sort of like the left saying they are putting targets on the right’s candidates in elections.

      • Doc Sarvis

        Mr Diesel
        Ya, Riiight!
        Ha.

    • jopa

      GaryL: So you are implying we should put the cross hairs on Bloomberg like Sarah Palins campaign did on Gabby Gifford.You are one sick pup and you do more damage to the rights of gun-owners than any benefit whatsoever.[comment has been edited]

      • JeffH

        jopa, your “National Enquirer” mentality is shining through again. May I remind you that it was Dem stategist Bob Beckel that started the crosshair targeting of political opponents.

        Beckel response to the attacks at Palin: “it is “unfair” and “unhelpful” to go after Sarah Palin for her “crosshairs” map because many on the left have made similar images.

      • jopa

        Palins targeting with bulls eye depictions lead to many dead and wounded.It was just a matter of time something tragic happened when people use such foolish antics and we should never forget what she did. with her campaign.Shame Shame Shame.

      • JeffH

        jopa, what a joke! “Palins targeting with bulls eye depictions lead to many dead and wounded.”

        Proof? Name just one Mr/Mrs National Enquirer, PROOF!

      • jopa

        JeffH[Tuscon Arizona January 8, 2011 there were 18 people shot, six died including a nine year old girl.This was a direct result of the Sara Palin campaign putting images of bulls-eyes on the campaign photo of Gabrielle Gifford who was also shot.Very very sick tactics by these Teabaggers.

      • JeffH

        jopa, was that straight out of the Globe, Huff-N-Toke or the National Enquirer? But…not even close and not even a good try.

        Strike one!

  • Doc Sarvis

    The NRA is a front group for gun manufacturers. It is in the gun manufacturers interest to keep as many guns and gun types in play to increase their profits – NO MATTER how many children get killed sitting in their classrooms.

    • czman75

      Hey skippy, got a link/proof to your inane statement there?

    • rendarsmith

      Doc, if you want to get rid of your guns, that’s fine with me. Just don’t expect everyone else to.

      • Doc Sarvis

        Yes, let’s allow criminals and mentally unstable people to have assult weapons with huge magazines. Perhaps you want to offer them a ride to an elementary school?

      • Steve E

        My assault weapons and huge magazines that I have will protect me from mentally unstable people that have assault weapons with huge magazines.

      • Doc Sarvis

        Stats say your weapon(s) is more likely to hurt or kill you, a family member, or a friend.

      • rendarsmith

        Ok Doc, I tell you what. Why don’t you go door to door to all the criminals and mentally unstable people and ask them to give up their guns? Actually, why don’t you try FORCING these criminals to give them up? See what happens…

        If you can find a way to get the guns away from the criminals and mentally unstable people (one that will actually WORK), I’d love to hear it…

      • JeffH

        Folks, here is a classic case of the anti-gun mentality and their emotionally driven mode of arguement.

        Doc says “Yes, let’s allow criminals and mentally unstable people to have assult weapons with huge magazines. Perhaps you want to offer them a ride to an elementary school?”

        Doc, is that what you believe and want to see…allowing criminals and the mentally unstable have machine guns and 100 round magazines? That’s what you’re implying!

        Why would you even think any law abiding citizen would ever consider driving a criminal or a nutcase with a gun to an elementary school?

        Doc, your reasoning fails and falls flat on it’s face…no one, including the NRA is supporting the criminals except those anti-gun supporters and legislators who choose to punish lawfull citizens and the children by blaming guns, large capacity magazines for the crimes commited by criminals.

        That is a fact!

        ~300 MILLION AMERICANS DID NOT ASSAULT ANYONE USING ANY FIREARM.

        ~300 MILLION Americans DIDN’T SHOOT anyone AT ALL. Not even by accident.

        Join the NRA, GOA, SAF and us in telling them to STOP PUNISHING THE INNOCENT

        STOP IT

        STOP IT NOW

      • Vigilant

        Sarvis, with the usual leftist flourish in blaming inanimate objects, says, “Stats say your weapon(s) is more likely to hurt or kill you, a family member, or a friend.”

        How ‘bout, “stats say your automobile is more likely to hurt or kill you, a family member, or a friend than any weapon.”

        Yeah, right, Sarvis, let’s outlaw the automobile.

    • Hedgehog

      Doc Sarvis is a front man for “Bugs Bunny Inc.” AKA the US Government, AKA “Mickey Mouse Ltd.”. His doctorate is a Phd. in prevarication. All members of the above mentioned organizations are known for their ability to lie out of both sides of their mouth at the same time. Characteristic tactics are the use of lies, damn lies and sadistic statistics, and members are often seen surrounded by children. There is nothing sinister in surrounding yourself with children while making political points, is there? Members can sometimes be disconcerted by asking the question: “Ehhh, what’s up Doc?”.

      • Doc Sarvis

        [personal attack removed]

      • Doc Sarvis

        “personal attack removed”. Now THAT is funny. What I wrote is mild compared to what I’ve been called on this site. Glad to see the site monitored – not surprised to see a double standard.

      • Vicki

        It’s their site. They can have as many or few double standards as they want. You don’t HAVE to post here and you can always start your own site.

      • Vigilant

        It’s unlikely that Sarvis even has a doctorate. It is a nickname, as far as I can tell, since he has never, in my recollection, divulged what, if any, that prefix means.

        He must be ashamed to ‘fess up, because even under the cover of anonymity he refuses to tell us.

    • Brad in TX

      DOC [personal attack has been removed]

    • JeffH

      Norm says, “The NRA is a front group for gun manufacturers.”
      That’s ludecrous and just a preposterous piece of anti-gun propahanda.

      DUH! Other than the conjecture reported by Obama’s anti-gun media, the NRA is no more a front group for gun manufacturers than Obama is a leader.

      “Gun manufacturers are proud of their product,” said David Kopel, research director of the Independence Institute in Denver and an NRA member. “They believe they make good product which in the right hands can be wholesome for sporting purposes or life-saving in the hands of police. So of course they will give money to organizations that support ownership of firearms by law-abiding persons.”

      Kopel said NRA and gun-industry fears of gun control are, in fact, justified. “When someone is trying to destroy you, you have to improve your defensive capability, or you lose,” he said…and that is a fact!

      http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/NRA-gun-industry-aim-at-same-target-4154606.php#ixzz2MJRbUC22

      Dues still represent the lion’s share of the NRA’s income. In its 2010 tax return, the NRA reported total revenue of $227.8 million, with $100.5 million coming from membership dues and $71.1 million from a catchall category, “Contributions, Gifts, Grants and Other Similar Amounts.”

      No doubt that the firearms, ammunition and accessory industry supports the NRA with big dollars, it’s only natural that they would work together to preserve our 2nd Amendment freedom..and why wouldn’t they…every anti-gun attack effects them too…but to even hint that the NRA is a front group for the gun manufacturers is a straw arguement at best.

      FYI – The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the preeminent trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 7,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers.

      ~300 MILLION AMERICANS DID NOT ASSAULT ANYONE USING ANY FIREARM.

      ~300 MILLION Americans DIDN’T SHOOT anyone AT ALL. Not even by accident.

      Join us in telling them to STOP PUNISHING THE INNOCENT

      STOP IT

      STOP IT NOW

      • Walt

        Thanks Jeff for posting the JPFO information. I read his letter and was inspired by his courage and wisdom. It has puzzled me for decades why so many Jews are for Gun Control, realizing how they were victimized so easily and so horribly by not having the means to defend themselves in Germany.

        As a point of correction, the 1928 German gun control law was put together by leftists of the Weimar Republic. Hitler expanded the law in 1938. The Weimar socialists were the same folks that brought about the ruin of the German economy, and therefore sowed the seeds for the rise of the Nazi party.

        So the German left’s efforts at gun control was enthusiastically inherited by the National Socialists, and eagerly expanded to suit their own agenda, as we tragically learned after they implemented their own draconian version in 1938.

      • JeffH

        Walt, perhaps it is the Zionist Jew that is all for gun control.
        You are right, it’s important to note that it wasn’t Hitler’s Germany that instituted gun control…Hitler just expanded gun control and used it to his advantage.

      • Vicki

        Here is a bit of history on gun-control in Germany circa 1930′s

        http://www.stephenhalbrook.com/article-nazilaw.pdf

    • Vicki

      Doc Sarvis says:
      “The NRA is a front group for gun manufacturers. It is in the gun manufacturers interest to keep as many guns and gun types in play to increase their profits – NO MATTER how many children get killed sitting in their classrooms.”

      Let’s see. How many children got killed sitting in their classrooms before the enactment of the GUN FREE School Zones?

  • FreedomFighter

    Another blatent example of the hypocrite left, doing everything in your face they accuse the right of doing (but they didnt).

    They are losing the fight for Americas mind, they know this, they are doubling down for the takeover…fight, fight peacefully, fight with politics, votes, your money, your voice, fight with protests, fight with law, resistance is not a waste of time.

    America is waking up, and are finding the nightmare is real.

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • Speedy

    bloomberg on the left, koch bros on the right whats a sane person to do?

    • Walt

      Bloomberg, Feinstein, Schumer….why do Jewish folks want to disarm the country? Hmm?

      You would think that with their history of persecution in Europe, they’d be at the forefront of wanting Americans to “keep & bear arms” and do everything in their power to make sure the 2nd Amendment is supported and maintained. Perhaps they have another agenda.

      • JeffH

        JPFO – Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.

        An Open Letter to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

        from Rabbi Dovid Bendory, Rabbinic Director,
        Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
        http://jpfo.org/rabbi/rabbi-bloomberg-letter.htm

      • FreedomFighter

        Walt think of it like this:

        They are not Jedi, using the good side of the force, they are sith consumed by the evil dark side pretending to be of the light and good side.

        Silly but so dead on.

        Laus Deo
        Semper FI

      • Vigilant

        Walt says, “Bloomberg, Feinstein, Schumer….why do Jewish folks want to disarm the country? Hmm?”

        Why do anti-Semites want to convince you that Jews are responsible for this, when the majority of anti-gun radicals are not Jewish? Hmm?

    • Vicki

      Speedy says:
      “bloomberg on the left, koch bros on the right whats a sane person to do?”

      Focus on the ones using the force of government to get their way. I.E. Bloomberg.

  • http://yahoo Rob

    OK!!!!! I am still waiting for an answer from ALL of our elected reps. With ALL or any NEW gun policies or laws being implimented, please enlighten me/us on how will guns be kept out of the hands of criminals!!!!???? Criminals will always have access to guns purchasing on the streets or black market. I would like at least one anti-gun person answer this for me/us.

    • http://midcontent ridge runner

      Keep the guns in the darkdank personal spot, so own stainless steel guns, the bluing will not wear off and start rusting. The storage area is where democrat politians store their junk, upeachothersexhaustport

    • Vicki

      Rob says:
      “OK!!!!! I am still waiting for an answer from ALL of our elected reps. With ALL or any NEW gun policies or laws being implimented, please enlighten me/us on how will guns be kept out of the hands of criminals!!!!????”

      Ask them why they are punishing the ~300 Million innocent Americans for the acts of a very few (the ones who will ignore the policies)

      -Rob: “Criminals will always have access to guns purchasing on the streets or black market. I would like at least one anti-gun person answer this for me/us.”

      They can’t That is why they throw out a bunch of statistics that try and prove that guns are bad. What they have not been able to do is defeat this statistic.

      ~300 Million Americans DIDN’T Shoot ANYONE.

      Stop Punishing the INNOCENT for the acts of a few

      Stop it
      Stop it NOW

  • Brad n TX

    That they don’t want to talk about. They avoid that question like the plague. It is all a shell game, they want to keep you mind on control while they just confiscate while the American people are focused on law. These guys are the crooks with the guns, they are the same idiots!

  • TML

    “Bloomberg himself said after the election that voting in a gun control advocate to represent Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District marked “the latest sign that voters across the country are demanding change” from Washington to place heavier restrictions on access to guns.”

    An Illinois representative, in one of the most notorious States against the 2nd Amendment next to New York, is nowhere close to being a sign that “voters across the country are demanding change”. In Illinois I have no doubt, and that goes in stride with their history on gun control. Let them try that in Texas and see how far they get. Supporting gun control here in Texas is the quickest way to get booted out of office by the voters.

    • Vigilant

      Gun control fanatics are typically fact-challenged when faced with the simple TRUTH: restrictive gun laws DO NOT curb gun violence, period.

      Now, we would ask, if such is the truth, then why would they so assiduously continue with their attempts to pass more restrictive laws? The answer is simple: they are fully aware of the truth. Their ultimate aim is confiscation, and their gradualist tactics are merely a smoke screen to prepare the way.

  • Luvsguns and Anerica

    We’ll just have to chip in more bucks to the NRA and just outspend bloommouth

    • Vicki

      Kinda ironic that Bloomberg will use guns to get the money to try and get voters to approve of taking guns away.

  • ibcamn

    So Bloomberg is gonna spend the tax payers money(even the taxpayers that want guns)on fighting the NRA,who want guns,who pay tax’s?!just like a progressive,to threatening people!!the white house has been doing it since Obama first came to power,errr i mean got to be president!he’s all about buying seats!lol..well i hope the American people wake up just like last time,throw a bigger wrench in the big progressive machine of tyranny!!

  • JeffH
    • Vicki

      Someone who is a member should mention to the NRA about the

      ~300 MILLION Americans who didn’t shoot anyone and that the NRA should point out that punishing the innocent for the acts of a few is BAD. Even children know this.

      • JeffH

        :) … by golly you’re right. I think I will send that information to the NRA/ILA right away.

      • Vicki

        :)

  • VENOM

    I hope Bloomturd has a slip n’ fall in the shower…

    You will not trample the constitution.

  • Der Rote Ritter

    I tell all my liberal friends that I carry all the political correctness I need in a shoulder holster.

  • csaaphill

    Bloomstupid is banning 2liter pops too with your pizza what a moron.

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