By: José Niño
According to financial reports, anti-Second Amendment groups connected to billionaire Michael Bloomberg sent roughly $500,000 in contributions to Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.
Per McAuliffe’s campaign finance report, Everytown for Gun Safety donated $400,000 to the Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s campaign on September 23, 2021.
In addition, a separate McAuliffe campaign financial report demonstrated that Everytown made “In-Kind” donations of $53,700 and $1,179 on September 30, 2021.
AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News highlighted how McAuliffe is running on a staunch anti-Second Amendment platform that consists of implementing an “‘assault weapons’ ban, a ‘high capacity’ magazine ban, and a ban on guns built from parts kits.”
Should McAuliffe win his race, he has plans to proclaim that gun violence be treated as a “public health crisis.” By framing gun violence as a “public health crisis,” McAuliffe intends to warp the populace's perception of gun violence in a manner that makes his civilian disarmament agenda more amenable to the public.
Furthermore, McAuliffe intends to establish a “Virginia Office of Gun Violence Prevention,” another government body that will find every way possible to implement gun control.
From the looks of it, Bloomberg and his anti-gun organizations want to accelerate Virginia’s anti-Second Amendment descent. Since Democrats achieved a trifecta in the 2019 elections, Virginia has taken a significantly anti-gun turn. Ever since it’s been under firm Democratic control, Virginia has passed red flag gun confiscation orders, universal background checks, and handgun purchase limits, among other pieces of gun control.
For its declining respect for the Second Amendment, Virginia is ranked in a sub-par 33rd place according to Guns & Ammo magazine’s rankings for states that respect Americas’ right to bear arms.
A McAuliffe win coupled with continued Democrat control of the Virginia General Assembly will make gun control a fixture in Old Dominion. If gun owners can’t stop McAuliffe, they should work to make sure that Republicans gain control of at least one of the legislative chambers of the state government. Any wrench thrown against the Democrats’ ambitions to turn Virginia solidly anti-gun is welcome at this point.
José Niño is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. Sign up for his mailing list here. Contact him via Facebook, Twitter, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get his e-book, The 10 Myths of Gun Control, here.