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April 17, 2014

And Here We Thought Billionaires Spending Their Money Trying to Influence Public Policy Was “Un-American"

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged millions of dollars to promote gun safety in an attempt to “outmuscle” the NRA, which in contrast spends millions of dollars to promote gun safety.

That ought to show them!

Of course, Mayor Bloomberg takes a slightly different approach. While the NRA seeks to educate the public in the proper use, care, and storage of firearms including practical safety tips and rules that promote responsibility and safe practices, Mr. Bloomberg believes it is more productive to scare the living hell out of you.

Of course we are being unfair. At the end of the video in which he scares the living hell out of you, he suggests you “start the conversation about responsible gun ownership in your home and community.”

Sure, the NRA conducts the Eddie Eagle gun safety program in elementary schools all across the country, and conducts hundreds of hands-on courses for adults every year but, yeah, sure, conversations are good too.

So, you click on the “ACT NOW” button at the very end of the video and are informed that,

Never Happen

"No, it shouldn’t!"

Accidental Shootings

"Well then, let’s do that!"

First Step

"Me?  Great, Let’s get going, then.”

Help Stop the Violence

"I want to help stop the violence? How?"

Join the Movement

"Yeah!  I’ll join the movement!  Wait, the movement for what?"

It doesn’t matter. Join the damn movement.

“That’s it?”

That’s it.

“Where’s the rest?”

Well, you can click “get the facts” here, which will provide more information.

“What kind of information?”

That we need to start a conversation.

Or do you want to just wait around while fewer and fewer children every year are having their lives stolen from accidental shootings?

"Fine, fine, I'll go to the video on YouTube and start a conversation. "

You can't.

"Why not?"

Comments Closed

So, let’s contrast and compare. First, the NRA’s list of things you can do to promote responsible gun ownership:

  1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

And now let’s review Michael Bloomberg’s list:

  1. Start a conversation.
  2. Act now
  3. Join the movement.

It’s not even close. If the NRA wants to be taken seriously about gun safety, it’s going to have to spend more time starting conversations and joining movements and less time on instructing people in the safe handling of firearms.

It’s for the children, you know.


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May I reprint?

Posted by: bluebird of bitterness | Apr 22, 2014 5:08:55 PM

Yes, thanks!

Posted by: Planet Moron | Apr 22, 2014 5:21:50 PM

There is nothing more useless than an unloaded gun.

Posted by: John | Apr 22, 2014 7:38:20 PM

With the possible exception of a loaded politician. Most likely a Kennedy.

Posted by: Planet Moron | Apr 23, 2014 6:47:53 AM

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