Michael Bloomberg is the Enemy of Freedom. Here’s How to Stop Him
There is no question that former NYC mayor and news media company owner Michael Bloomberg wants to take away your guns. His reasons are his own, and speculating on them doesn’t matter one bit. What matters is that all of his gun suggestions violate freedoms, and we can’t tolerate that.
Here’s the problem. You’ve probably aided his efforts at least once in the past year, and you didn’t even know it. We’re going to do better. It’s time to learn how to fight Bloomberg in an effective way that can help us keep our freedoms.
Money, Money, Money
Bloomberg has billions, and he’s made it clear that he will commit as much of his fortune as necessary to get rid of guns. In fact, he seems to love being the man behind the curtain, manipulating politics as much as he possibly can. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that millions of Americans are against gun ownership solely due to Bloomberg’s influence. That’s a tough act to beat.
Fortunately, we live in a capitalist country, and we can use our own money to combat Bloomberg. We won’t be able to bankrupt him, but we can at least reduce his revenue streams. When you consider that the NRA had more success last election than Bloomberg on less than one-tenth his budget, any shot to his wallet seems like a good start.
The thing is, a lot of his money comes from his analytics companies. It’s very unlikely that you’re spending any of your hard-earned cash on it. That said, he also gets a good deal of cash from his media outlets. You can recognize them because he stamps his name all over them. Bloomberg news, TV and radio are all over the place.
Even if you don’t subscribe or give those companies any direct money, there’s a strong chance that you’ve still added to their revenue. Simply clicking on a Bloomberg article is enough to raise his ad value. Only a hard, unrelenting boycott of all things Bloomberg will make a dent. It shouldn’t be too hard to stop reading such left-wing anti-gun nonsense, but you have to resist the urge to click on a Bloomberg headline just to watch the metaphorical train crash.
The War of Narratives
Unfortunately, denying him access to our money is the easy part. The battle for gun control is very much a war of narratives, and Bloomberg and his followers are winning. It’s a mistake to underestimate them; they’re incredibly good at what they do. They’ve convinced roughly a quarter of the country that anyone who supports the 2nd Amendment is a child killer and beholden to the NRA (when really the NRA is beholden to the will of the people). They’ve constructed this narrative, and they use it to bait us.
Every time you get caught off guard and answer in unchecked anger, you take a risk. Let’s just be honest for a minute. None of us construct our best and most compelling arguments when we’re responding to the bait of being called a baby killer (especially when the accuser is “pro choice”). If you go off the rocker and make incoherent statements just to stand up to them, you’re actually helping them. They can just paint you as an unhinged bigot and move on. More will join them in the process.
It’s vital to commit to only engaging in discussion or debate with a clear and calm head. You have to counter the manipulative narrative with patience, calm and facts. Nothing else will suffice.
The Merits of Doing Something
The most dangerous aspect of Bloomberg’s narrative is that he is offering tangible changes. We know that they’re dangerous and reckless, but to anyone who hasn’t really studied the topic, universal background checks and red flag laws sound like sensible ways to save lives. You can’t win the middle ground by simply objecting. You have to have a counter solution or a lot of people will prefer the risk of doing something to the risk of doing nothing.
Here’s an example. A generic “assault weapon” ban at the federal level would cost about $5 billion a year to truly enforce. If the measure includes a buyback program, that number goes up quickly. Instead of arguing that such a ban is unconstitutional, you can counter with another proposal. $5 billion is enough money to post an additional armed guard at every single public school in this country. Sure, the Bloomberg crowd has arguments for that too, but the people in the middle (who we’re trying to convince) can see the obvious truth that having armed guards at every single school will probably save more than a few lives of our precious children.
If you do your homework, you can find statistically valid, actionable counters to every gun control measure. If you stay centered and consistent, you’ll find this is the only way to beat Bloomberg at his game. He has money on his side. We have right on ours.