Noted gun and soda nanny Michael Bloomberg is at it again.
Everytown for Gun Safety — the grassroots group founded earlier this year by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an attempt to counter the the National Rifle Association — is asking all federal candidates to complete a survey on gun issues ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.
Okay, there’s your first mistake. A group founded by a millionaire and has over 1,000 mostly Democratic mayors (they absorbed Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Bloomberg’s previous anti-gun campaign) isn’t grassroots, it’s a ruling-class lobbying group.
The questions are tendentious as well. Consider:
- Do you support requiring background checks for all gun sales (with reasonable exceptions such as for transfers between close family members and temporary transfers for hunting and self-defense)?
- Do you support limits on the capacity of ammunition magazines?
In the Santa Barbara incident a couple of months ago, the assailant used what multiple reports including the statement from the Santa Barbara Sheriff declare as “legally purchased” weapons, which means background checks and — this is California, remember — limits on magazine size. That didn’t help many of his victims, did it? Also, remember that the assailant stabbed the first three victims with a knife. Do we require background checks before people are allowed to purchase knives now? Maybe a limit on how many knives you can own?
However, with all the above said, this survey may prove useful, but not in the way Bloomberg and the rest of his nannies think. It might just be a good resource for locating politicians and candidates that oppose the Second Amendment, and that’s a good thing.