Michael Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office as mayor of New York, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the NRA, says the New York Times. Bloomberg said gun control advocates need to learn from the NRA and punish those politicians who fail to support their agenda, as the NRA does.
The considerable advantages that gun rights advocates enjoy — in intensity, organization and political clout — will not be easy to overcome. Bloomberg has already spent millions of dollars trying to persuade members of Congress to support enhanced background check laws with virtually nothing to show for it. The NRA had no comment. Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, “He's got the money to waste. So I guess he's free to do so. But frankly, I think he's going to find out why his side keeps losing.”