Over $1 million will pour into the coffers of anti-gun politicians in Virginia, thanks to billionaire Michael Bloomberg, according to the NRA.
Bloomberg recently pledged to support the campaigns of Democrats Ralph Northam and Mark Herring, both avid supporters of increasingly restrictive gun control laws for Virginia’s law-abiding citizens.
Northam is currently running for governor of the state, while Herring hopes to hold onto his position as attorney general. The funds will be funneled through Bloomberg’s established gun control lobby, “Everytown for Gun Safety” and are intended to help impact the upcoming elections. As of September, Bloomberg has pledged $750,000 to Northam’s gubernatorial campaign and $250,000 to Herring’s re-election bid.
For Bloomberg and Everytown, opting to support Northam for governor was an easy decision; the candidate supports gun rationing (limiting the purchase of guns to one a month for law abiding citizens), “assault weapon” bans, and expanding background checks to include private sales as well as retail venues. In other venues, these types of laws have failed to protect citizens and simply infringed upon the rights of those who follow the law.
The proposed changes in Virginia would only impact those citizens who obeyed the law in the first place; terrorists in San Bernardino used assault weapons, despite California’s ban. Both San Bernardino attackers also passed background checks when it was time to buy weapons; according to the New York Times, this is the case most of the time when a mass attack takes place.
Bloomberg’s support will only limit the rights of those who follow the law in Virginia, making it more difficult to obtain, keep and legally use weapons in the state. According to Everytown, that $1 million is just the beginning; the group plans to invest heavily in the upcoming Virginia elections.
~ Firearm Daily