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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A Self-Righteous, Delusional Billionaire Is Throwing His Money at Organizing Voters on Gun Control
“Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ramped up his efforts to fight gun violence on Wednesday with a plan to spend $50 million on a grassroots network to organize voters on gun control… Bloomberg's group, called Every Town for Gun Safety, will focus on state and local lawmakers, ‘corporate boards, and state and federal elections - fields of play formerly occupied almost solely by the gun lobby,’ according to a statement” (Former New York Mayor Bloomberg to spend $50 million in anti-gun drive).
Imagine if anti-gun billionaire Bloomberg spent $50 million to focus on the causes of urban crime, such as mental illness, poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy. Moreover, imagine “focusing action on crime and anti-social behavior hotspots, repeat victims, and prolific or high volume offenders” instead of lobbying prodigiously with affluence for more gun control for law-abiding citizens who own legal guns (Debating Gun Control and Illinois Conceal Carry).
A righteous, delusional billionaire is throwing his money at organizing voters on gun control. But why?
It appears that Bloomberg believes regulation of nonviolent citizens, who are proficient in handling a weapon, will reduce urban crime, even though depriving upstanding citizens’ constitutional right of self-defense against felons will not prevent violent crimes (The Folly of More Restrictions...).
Seemingly, Bloomberg also believes that exorbitantly funding the control of guns, aimed at peaceable citizens, will diminish criminal behaviors, even though channeling millions of dollars for gun control legislation will not deter criminals or deranged terrorists from obtaining and using illegal weapons (A Letter to a Friend about Gun Control).
“Bloomberg detailed his plans in an interview with the New York Times published Monday — in which he predicted his crusades against guns, smoking, and obesity would serve him well in the afterlife” (Business Insider).
“In his own words: ‘I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close’” (Michael Bloomberg Is Starting a Gun Control Organization to take on the NRA).
Oddly reminiscent of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s grandiose delusion: “I know that I was put on earth to get [pension reform] done”; evidently, Bloomberg thinks he can buy his way into a “heaven” that confusingly depends upon a belief in a monotheistic “God” and, of course, that perplexing pre-interview at the porthole of the so-called “pearly gates.”
I once heard “It [was] easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19. 24). However, that's a different issue of control, isn't it?