By: Teresa Mull
The Bloomberg-backed gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, is reportedly spending $8 million on campaigns in Texas.
Everytown for Gun Safety announced Wednesday that it is pouring $8 million into Texas to elect "gun sense" candidates, the gun-control group's largest election effort ever in the state.
"We believe Texas can be the next emerging battleground with gun safety as a tipping point," Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, a part of Everytown, said Wednesday on a phone call with reporters.
The group had previously announced that it plans to spend $60 million for the 2020 elections, double what it spent in the 2018 midterms, "in order to elect a new gun sense president and win competitive races up and down the ballot." That $60 million figure is also the group's largest spending during an election cycle. The group will also be spending in Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Georgia among a handful of other competitive states.
GPM reported previously that Bloomberg’s money is behind The Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, which, The Washington Post reports, “(spent) millions to support candidates in four states, underscoring the extent to which gun control is shaping up to be an issue in the November midterm election.”
According to Everytown.org, the organization’s focus issues include “background checks on all gun sales.” Everytown urges people to “kick out lawmakers beholden to the gun lobby” and “stop concealed carry reciprocity.”
Everytown also recently teamed up Levi-Strauss to funnel millions more into the gun control movement.
‘A Relentless Record of Banning Guns’
Ryan Flugaur, Senior Political Director for the National Association for Gun Rights, says Bloomberg’s “relentless record of banning guns dwarfs both President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
“During and following his reign as Mayor, New York City, Bloomberg effectively bared the legal ownership of most firearms and notoriously prosecuted tourists, including military members, for attempting to comply with ‘no guns’ signs at national landmarks,” Flugaur said.
“If Bloomberg becomes president, you bet he’ll take New York-style gun control to the national level. He’ll keep pushing to ban guns and magazines and to strip Second Amendment rights from millions more law-abiding Americans without trial or congressional approval. Michael Bloomberg would be the most anti-gun President in our lifetime.”
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.