Michael Bloomberg

Mayor Bloomberg to Spend Millions on Ads Targeting the NRA and Pro-Gun Politicians

Says he has a responsibility to make the country safer


The $12 million ad blitz targeting senators wavering on gun control will be just the beginning, Mayor Bloomberg warned Sunday.

"I have a responsibility … to try to make this country safer," Bloomberg said on "Meet the Press" when asked if he'd spend big-time in next year's elections to target the National Rifle Association and members of Congress for opposing gun restrictions.

"If I can do that by spending some money, and taking the NRA from being the only voice to being one of the voices, so the public can really understand the issues, then I think my money will be well spent and I think I have an obligation to do that," he said.

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  1. Mayor Bloomberg’s tactic is reminiscent of the strategies employed by the Communist Party during their 1945-1948 takeover of Czechoslovakia, as described in the book entitled And Not A Shot is Fired. Simply speaking, a democratic movement was transformed into a socialist movement by various manipulations of the masses (propaganda, exploitation of class differences, etc). The outcry of the manipulated people put pressure on their representatives, known as the “pressure from below.”

    Meanwhile, the Communists in the government (initially the minority) were busy pushing policies and creating opportunities for the socialist movement to advance. This was known as the “pressure from above.” One tactic of this pressure from above was synonymous with Bloomberg’s tactic of calling out opposition members of government to the proposed socialist policies.

    The conscious effort to squeeze out the opposition by the pincer effect consisting of the pressures from “above” and “below” enabled the Communist Party to assume control. Is that what’s going on here? Perhaps not. Maybe it’s just Bloomberg being Bloomberg. But I’ve grown wary of people who are so willing to push their agendas on others in the name of the “common good.”

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