Bloomberg campaign ad smears gun rights with mass murder

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is equating Second Amendment supporters with mass murderers.

In an ad supporting the Democrat candidate for governor in Virginia, Bloomberg has go so far as using images of Virginia Tech mass killer Seung-Hui Cho, Sandy Hook Elementary School killer Adam Lanz and Aurora, Colo., theater gunman James Holmes, according to the Daily Caller.

vatech1027The ad, which the Daily Caller says is airing in Democrat-leaning Northern Virginia, also includes a photo from last month’s shooting at Washington’s Navy Yard, where Aaron Alexis killed 12 before being fatally shot himself on Sept. 16.

The $1.2 million ad buy is being paid for by Bloomberg’s Independence PAC USA, according to the Daily Caller.

The ad is critical of GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s support for gun right, and implies that supporting the Second Amendment means supporting putting weapons in the hands of the “dangerously mentally ill,” according to the Daily Caller.

In particular, it highlights was gun control opponents call the “gun show loophole,”

“The gun show loophole,” the ad begins. “It means anyone can buy a gun without a background check. The dangerously mentally ill. Criminals. Endangering our families.”

The ad continues: “Ken Cuccinelli opposed closing the gun show loophole — against comprehensive background checks at gun shows for criminals and the dangerously mentally ill, siding with the NRA and undermining law enforcement.”

Scary stuff, for the ignorant. But here’s the thing. Not one of the mass murderers Bloomberg’s campaign is low enough to associate with real gun rights supporters purchased his weapon at a gun show, according to Bearing Arms.

Bloomberg and his allies know this, but they peddle this falsehood anyway, while money into a race that both candidates have tried hard to make an argument about Second Amendment rights.

Bloomberg got his nose bloodied by supporting Democrat incumbents against recall efforts in Colorado in September. Virginia’s not Colorado, but it would be nice to see it happen again.

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Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.
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Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.

  • John Craig

    Every gun that is bought in my state has to have a federal background check done before I can receive the gun!

  • Wfeather1942

    $300 million a year to process background checks and all the government can show for it is maybe one injury prevented a year, got to love useless as teets on a boar hog legislation eh!