As Colorado prepares to vote on recalling two anti-gun politicians, NYC Mayor Bloomberg (and BFA!) joins the fight
Editor's Note: As you will read below, New York City Mayor Bloomberg's anti-gun rights group keeps meddling in other states, and we're going to face them head on - right here in Ohio, and also in Colorado. Buckeye Firearms Association's Sean Maloney, Ken Hanson and Linda Walker are headed to Colorado to join this fight. We'll spend a tiny fraction of what Bloomberg and his allies have, but we're going to do everything we can to send a message to MAIG that money can't buy you everything - not in Colorado, and not here in Ohio. To support this effort, please donate to Buckeye Firearms Association!
by Jim Shepherd
With only a couple of weeks remaining before Colorado's recall elections targeting Senate president John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron, the big guns of the anti-gun movement have checked in with their checkbooks.
According to contribution reports filed with the Secretary of State, New York Michael Bloomberg chipped in $350,000 to Taxpayers for Responsible Democracy, the committee organized to fight the recall move by voters in Morse and Giron's districts outraged at their having played key roles in pushing Colorado's new gun laws.
Bloomberg's not the only big-buck contributor. According to the filings, other contributors gave from $20,000 to $250,000 of the $708,000 in contributions raised between April 2 and August 22. In all, more than 17,000 contributions were received, but the bulk of the money came from anti-gun supporters outside Colorado.
Two other groups, A Whole Lot of People for John Morse, and Pueblo United for Angela, had raised $453,149 and $104,382, respectively since April. The two groups now report having $104,382 and $44,673 in cash on hand.
Recall organizers are outraged by the disclosures, criticizing "nanny state politicians who tried to ban Big Gulps, and attempted to regulate sodas and trans fats" for trying to force their political agendas on Coloradoans. In response, anti-gun groups say it's the first time they've had funding to "compete with the NRA and other national groups" who they say have poured money into Colorado to defeat other "common sense" gun regulations.
If that's the case, the election on September 10 will be watched closely by both sides. And the fact of the matter is that on September 10, it won't matter how much money has been poured into the respective campaigns.
At that point, only the voters will matter. Which is the way it should be.
On Friday, Mayor Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns group is set to be in Columbus, Ohio to hold a rally the Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA) says it designed to "attack Senator Rob Portman and promoting measures that will restrict your gun rights as Ohioans."
So BFA is asking gun rights supporters to turn out to support Portman and tell the MAIG to "stop meddling in Ohio politics." If you're interested, BFA is asking that you get to 37 West Broad Street in Columbus by noon -and to wear clothing that makes it obvious you're not anti-gun. They're recommending NRA or BFA shirts and say they'll have stickers to wear and respectful signs to wave.
Looks like there could be a high-noon showdown tomorrow in Columbus, Ohio.
Republished from The Outdoor Wire.