Former New York mayor and gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg has big plans for the future, and it involves challenging the NRA on the issue of guns in America. Bloomberg told The New York Times that he plans on spending $50 million to build a “grass-roots network” to push for more restrictive gun laws. His plan involves the merger of two of the nation’s most well-known gun control groups: Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The new, larger organization will be called Everytown for Gun Safety.

“Everytown is a movement of moms, teachers, survivors, gun owners, mayors, faith leaders, law enforcement officials and other responsible citizens who believe we can do much more to keep our families and communities safe from gun violence,” read a statement on momsdemandaction.org. “For the first time in history, Americans from all walks of life will mobilize to create a counterweight to the gun lobby and fight for common-sense gun laws at the federal, state and local level.”

The merger comes shortly after recent comments by Bloomberg that he plans to “outspend” the NRA. With a promise of $50 million, some experts say that Bloomberg could do exactly that. According to the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, the gun rights group’s political and lobbying arm has an annual budget of $25 million.

“I put $50 million this year, last year into coal, $53 million into oceans,” Bloomberg told the Times, describing his previous contributions to environmental initiatives. “Certainly a number like that, $50 million. Let’s see what happens.”

OutdoorHub reached out to the NRA for comment and was told that the organization will have a lot more to say on the matter at its 2014 meeting in Indianapolis later this month.

Other groups were much more vocal about Bloomberg’s ambitions.

“He’s got the money to waste,” said Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America. “So I guess he’s free to do so.”

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5 thoughts on “Michael Bloomberg to Spend $50 Million on Gun Control Group

  1. Bloomberg is a Complete Gun Hating IDIOT and Hypocrite, !! The media says that it will be Gun Safety, that is an outright LIE!! tell the truth!! he wants to take guns out of Law abiding citizens hands, hwhile he strolls around with his ARMED guards, Criminal DON”T obey laws STUPID!!

  2. I hope that we law abiding citizens call pull together and support the NRA’s fight for the “Right To Bear Arms” that our forefathers gave this country. Money can’t buy everything and I believe that the good citizens of the USA are much smarter that some idiot with a pocket full of money who waste it on such a cause when there are much more meaningful causes that could be fought for in this county. Gun control only controls the law abiding citizen not the unabiding criminal who is are threat to us all. A fool any his money shall soon part!

  3. Wonder if he is a Liberal? Who protects him? At least Biden has a shotgun. Define “everyone”. Clinton
    asked to define “is”, how about Gloomberg?

  4. This guy is a control freak. I’m omitting my other profane description of him. Maybe he should take his millions and help homeless veterans or something else that will do more good than pissing his money away on nonsense.

  5. Look at what’s happening in Nevada and Connecticut. .Gov keeps passing laws and trying to take whatever they want and eventually you’ll turn everyone into a criminal, including the people tasked with enforcing the law. Then what, they call the military in? As a current member of the armed forces I know I, nor anyone else in my unit, will not obey unlawful orders to strip citizens of their rights. So what, DHS? Do they really think they can take hundreds of millions of peoples’ rights away without consequence? Even our forefathers acknowledged, as they were setting up a government, that revolution is inevitable in order to maintain freedom. They gave us a legal document to use as backing for said revolution even as they were establishing the very government they knew would need to be eventually removed. We’ll see how this plays out but it might not be pretty.

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