The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms released their list of the worst 10 “anti-gunners” of the year, and it is a remarkable collection of rich fearmongers who don’t believe in the Constitution. Topping the list, of course, is none other than Michael Bloomberg. The former NYC mayor dumped millions of dollars into a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, and he was one of the primary financiers behind Washington’s I-594 campaign. But Bloomberg is joined by nine other anti-gun elites who think they know what’s best for the country.
The rest of the list includes:
Paul Allen – Co-founder of Microsoft.
Steve Ballmer – Owner of the L.A. Clippers.
Hillary Clinton – Possible next president.
Andrew Cuomo – Governor of New York.
Rahm Emanuel – Chicago mayor.
Bill Gates – Co-founder of Microsoft.
Nick Hanauer – Seattle billionaire who spearheaded Washington’s I-594.
Eric Holder – The U.S. attorney general.
Shannon Watts – Founder of Moms Demand Action.
Their sins against the 2nd Amendment have been well documented. Hanauer made headlines after the Washington school tragedy when he sarcastically noted that “We need more school shootings” in an attempt to draw attention to his pet gun initiative. Holder stood in the way of investigators trying to get to the bottom of the Fast and Furious scandal, and he was also instrumental in Operation Choke Point, an effort to close down gun shops by targeting the banks they use.
The Woman to Watch
But other than Bloomberg, the most dangerous person on this list may well be Shannon Watts. Her Moms Demand Action group has gone from a no-name grassroots movement to a national force in record time. Her politics may be deplorable, but the woman knows how to get things done. After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Watts went from an Indiana stay-at-home mom to a full fledged gun control activist. In the two years since, she has made a name for herself and her group, becoming a featured contributor to the Huffington Post and opening a chapter of Moms Demand Action in every state.
What makes Watts dangerous is what makes all of the most successful anti-gunners dangerous: they don’t sound like nuts. You read their articles, you listen to their speeches, and you walk away thinking, “Yeah, I guess they have a point.” People like Watts gather support because their positions are so reasonable. Oh, this woman is against kids being shot at school? Can’t argue with that…
The problem, of course, is not in their rhetoric; it’s in their solutions. They rally people around phrases like “common sense” while displaying none of their own. They propose vague solutions like “background checks,” seemingly unaware that these laws already exist. They use commercials that prey on the uninformed, painting a picture of America that makes it seem like children are going to school in the wild west.
Recent polls have shown that Americans are less influenced by calls for gun control than they have been in a long time. But these anti-gun liberals are growing more sophisticated, more powerful, and richer by the day. One of them has a good shot at the White House in a couple of years. The state of gun freedom in America is under attack; we have to remain vigilant and employ the facts if we want to keep our constitutional rights intact.