Shock: Bloomberg’s Gun Grabbers Endorse Hillary
Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety group announced on Friday that they were endorsing Hillary Clinton for president in one of the least-surprising developments of 2016. The media is trying to make it sound like this is some kind of break with tradition; the group has never endorsed a presidential candidate before…but then again, it hasn’t existed long enough to have many opportunities.
But anyway, who else were they going to pick? Bernie Sanders, whose stance on guns is one of the only halfway-reasonable parts of his political platform? Donald Trump? Come on.
“There’s no question the political calculus has changed,” said John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown. “It’s not just that Hillary is a champion for gun sense, but she’s saying the gun lobby is taking this country in the wrong direction. She’s willing to stand up and say that. All the pressure has been coming from one side. Those days are over.”
Feinblatt speaks as though Barack Obama hasn’t spent the last eight years trying to turn the National Rifle Association into America’s boogeyman. What’s a brother got to do to get some respect from the Confiscation Crowd? Apparently, they believe Hillary has the gumption to crush the Constitution in ways Obama couldn’t.
Perhaps because it was the one issue where she could actually campaign to the left of Sanders, Hillary has made gun control a central component of her platform. While she hasn’t offered too many specifics, she has made it clear that she does not believe in legal immunity for gun manufacturers and distributors. She would likely also enjoy bringing back the assault weapons ban her husband signed in the 1990s. And with her in charge of nominating one or more Supreme Court justices, she could indirectly take the teeth out of the Second Amendment.
Over the last few years, Everytown – along with subsidiaries like Moms Demand Action – has been the preeminent gun control group in America. They have poured millions into ad campaigns designed to weaken liberty at the state level while pressuring private companies like Starbucks and Target to make their stores gun-free zones. In Hillary Clinton they believe they’ve found a kindred spirit.
They probably aren’t wrong. The NRA could see the writing on the wall. In another (rather more historic) first, the nation’s foremost gun-rights organization endorsed Donald Trump last month, telling their members that Hillary would mean disaster for our constitutional rights.
When both sides tell us the same things, we’d probably better believe them.