During the last Townhall with Fox News, Mike Bloomberg came under scrutiny for his gun control push for ordinary people while keeping armed guards to protect him. The former New York mayor received a question on why he keeps the same magazines and firearms he intends to ban and whether his public figure made his life more precious than ordinary citizens.
“How do you justify pushing for more gun control when you have an armed security detail that’s likely equipped with the same firearms and magazines that you seek to ban the common citizen from owning?” Rep. Tulsi Gabbard asked. “Does your life matter more than mine or my families or these peoples?”
Bloomberg could not conceal his hypocrisy on the issue, which proved that he believed in his exceptionalism. The former mayor justified his use of firearms for being a rich and famous public figure compared to ordinary citizens.
“Look. I’d probably get 40 or 50 threats every week, okay, and some of them are real. That just happens when you are the mayor of New York City, or you are very wealthy,” Bloomberg said. “And if you are campaigning for the president of the United States, you get a lot of threats. So I have a security detail, and I pay for it all myself.”
Bloomberg further lied that the only restrictions that he supported were those banning the sale of firearms to people with mental health issues, criminals, and minors. However, the gun control advocate supports other measures, including prohibiting commonly used firearms, limiting magazine capacity, gun storage laws that render firearms useless in case of an invasion, as well as a national gun licensing system. Bloomberg also wants to punish firearm manufacturers for crimes committed by third parties using their products.
Bloomberg further lied that background checks took place only when citizens bought firearms physically from a store. His claims were false because background checks take place even for guns purchased online. Additionally, his support for universal background checks relies on the false premise that such measures reduce gun-related deaths. According to the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, Dr. John Lott, adopting such measures increases gun-related deaths from mass shootings by 15%.
Surprisingly, Bloomberg believes its right for him to keep firearms because he is a famous public figure and can afford it. Moreover, he does not hesitate to misrepresent the truth for his political gains.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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