New York City Mayor Michael “Nanny” Bloomberg announced a $12 million national ad buy Saturday designed to pressure senators into backing gun control efforts.
In the wake of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid giving up on an assault-style weapons ban due to a lack of support, Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition will air ads in 13 states pushing for universal background checks for gun buyers, according to the New York Post.
“These ads bring the voices of Americans — who overwhelmingly support comprehensive and enforceable background checks — into the discussion to move senators to immediately take action to prevent gun violence,” Bloomberg said in a statement.
As described by Fox News, the two ads are called “Responsible” and “Family,” and each show a flannel-clad gun owner holding a rifle while sitting on the back of a pickup truck:
In one ad, the man says he’ll defend the Second Amendment but adds “with rights come responsibilities.” The ad then urges viewers to tell Congress to support background checks.
In the other ad, the man, a hunter, is shown with the rifle and children playing in the background.
“I believe in the Second Amendment, and I’ll fight to protect it. But with rights come responsibilities,” he says. “That’s why I support comprehensive background checks.”
National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam blasted the new ads, saying NRA members and supporters would be calling senators directly and urging them to vote against proposed gun control legislation, Fox News reported.
“What Michael Bloomberg is trying to do is … intimidate senators into not listening to constituents and instead pledge their allegiance to him and his money,” he said.
It bears reminding that the only reason America is subjected to Bloomberg’s tyrannical ramblings is that he has a net worth of $27 billion — the 7th-richest person in the US — and spent a record $102 million of his own money to “eke out a narrow re-election victory” for a third term as mayor, as the New York Times noted.
That comes out to about $183 per vote and is in addition to $85 million spent in the 2005 election, and $74 million on his first bid for office in 2001 — a total of $261 million dollars spent to be mayor.