Everytown for Gun Safety is spending $60 million on this election cycle, $5 million of which will be in the form of targeted TV and digital attack ads (see above) designed to unseat U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Joni Ernst (R-IA).
It’s no secret why the organization wants ‘em to pack their bags come November. They refuse to do the bidding of the gun-grabbing oligarch who primarily funds Everytown: Michael Rubens Bloomberg.
“The clear majority of voters in Iowa and North Carolina want stronger gun laws and deserve to know that Senators Joni Ernst and Thom Tillis have ignored the gun violence crisis while receiving millions in support from the NRA, an organization with so many allegations of corruption that it’s facing potential dissolution,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety in an email blast.
“Senators Ernst and Tillis may be beholden to special interests, but they ultimately answer to the voters, who will make their voices heard this November,” he continued.
Not sure what poll or survey Feinblatt is referring to, to confidently suggest that a “clear majority” of Iowa and Tar Heel State voters want the federal government to enact laws that infringe on their right to keep and bear arms. But it would be interesting to see it and how the numbers play out.
Because the devil really is in the details. First off, how are the questions being phrased to the respondents? Do you support background checks on all gun purchases and transfers? Is very different than asking, Do you want to send private gun owners to prison for loaning or selling firearms to hunting buddies, neighbors and family members?
When we’re talking about “universal background checks” that’s really what’s at stake. Criminalizing transfers and sales between private citizens. Most polls out there hide the truth and neglect to mention that licensed gun dealers are already required by law to run background checks at the point of sale.
Beyond that, one can make a very compelling case that Americans are as interested in protecting 2A rights as they are in controlling gun ownership. Pew Research crunched the numbers back in the Fall of 2019 and found the split to be roughly that of a coin flip (47% to 53%). And that was before we found ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic and widespread civil unrest.
Yes, things have radically changed since Pew examined public sentiment on gun control. To put things in a proper perspective, from March 2020 to May 2020 gun sales were up 70 to 80% over last year’s numbers with a large percentage — 40 percent! — going to first-time gun buyers. In fact, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association, estimated that during those months alone the gun community saw its ranks swell by 2.5 million!
What all this means is that millions of people are seeing through the lies of the gun prohibitionists.
- Gun control works. The hell it does! Shootings are up 177% in New York City and 75% in Chicago from 2019.
- The government will keep you safe! No, it won’t. Tell that to the Dallas shopowner who was nearly stoned to death in May by an unruly mob when he confronted them with a long sword. Police weren’t there in his time of need. Remember, when seconds count…
- No one needs an AR-15 or a “weapon of war.” Yeah, well, it’s abundantly clear that this married couple was glad to have one when “mostly peaceful” protesters vandalized their property and threatened to kill their dog. Had they not been capably armed, who knows what might have happened.
Everytown can keep glibly saying, from now until November, that voters want “gun sense candidates” and “stronger gun laws” and that may have even been true some months ago. But America is a different place now. We’re releasing hardened criminals like rapists from prison. We’re slashing police budgets and manpower. Violence is on the rise in major cities and the country is growing more and more divided.
Firearms, as it turns out, are the best safeguard responsible individuals have when it comes to protecting their families, their property, and themselves during these troubled times. To openly attack gun ownership and lawmakers that fight to preserve it, is not only a losing political strategy this election cycle (not to mention a complete waste of money) but it also reveals where Bloomberg’s head is at. Squarely up his behind.