We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. "And we’ll fight them with the butt ends of broken beer bottles because that's bloody well all we've got!"That last bit was spoken quietly to an aide as the Parliament thundered its approval of the speech.
So on that cheery note, the latest news is that the House gets one more chance to derail Bloombergs railroad job. An article here confirms my earlier suspicions that the sudden appearance of multiple essentially identical gun bills in multiple states was in fact no accident but rather a carefully prepared assault on everyones rights taking maximum advantage of the fortuitous appearance of a stack of dead white kids.
In his years building the business empire that made him a billionaire, Mr. Bloomberg developed a unique fluency for numbers and learned to view the world through a statistical prism. Multiple people close to Mr. Bloomberg have said that the figure he’s most preoccupied with is the number people in his city who die of preventable causes. This obsession with bringing down the death rate has driven the mayor’s notorious crusades against smoking and sugar, and according to John Feinblatt, the mayor’s chief adviser, it was a major factor behind his decision to step into the national gun control debate several years ago.Mayor Bloomberg is now the new head of the mythical organization I named the Society For A Risk-Free America, whose goal is to legislatively remove all risk of any kind from everyday life in this country. Just imagine a country where everyone is encased in bubble wrap and anything that can be shown statistically to be a risk to a persons life is strictly forbidden. Utopia, I'm sure.
On the other side of that here in Colorado, there are 3 confirmed movements to recall legislators who voted in support of the gun bill package and the beginnings of a fourth. Bloomberg put $2.5M into a primary race in Chicago to elect an anti-gun Democrat over a pro-gun Dem who was suggesting that perhaps if the citizens were allowed to defend themselves, the murder rate might fall.
Last month, the PAC notched its first unequivocal victory when Democrat Robin Kelly defeated former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson in a special primary election to replace Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned in late November before pleading guilty to federal campaign finance fraud charges.It is thought that Bloomberg has also promised similar support for Colorado pols who might face primary challenges over their votes for the gun bills, or support for primary challengers if they didn't. Only 2 Dems bucked Bloombergs marching orders here. Money talks.
Ms. Kelly was supported by approximately $2.5 million in ads paid for by Independence USA that, according to Mr. Wolfson, “helped make the race a referendum on guns.” The New York Times, MSNBC and others all called the race a “win for Bloomberg.”
Meantime, a ballot initiative has begun to put the magazine limitation bill up to a popular vote. If this goes through, we will get a chance to reject the measure ourselves, assuming that $2-3M coming in from New York, plus a finely tuned Dem machine, plus Republican bumbling and apathy don't carry the day again. The initiative is being pushed by two fellows from Littleton, so right here in the 'hood for me. It would be nice to meet with them to hear about the plan for this.
To that end, it seems as though a lot of this could be avoided if the legislature was required to consider a stricter scrutiny position on some of the stuff they put forth, and/or the courts were directed to do so. I'm going to split this into a second post in the interest of brevity, so see the next post above on that topic.