Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million in 2014 to build a “nationwide grass-roots network to motivate” anti-gun voters, the New York Times reports.
Basically, the billionaire wants to create the anti-Second Amendment version of the National Rifle Association. Eventually, he wants the group to be able to overpower the NRA. Bloomberg says gun control advocates should learn from the NRA and make sure there are consequences for failing to go along with their agenda.
He accused the NRA of threatening to go after lawmakers’ “kids,” “grandkids” and even “great-grandkids” if they don’t vote the right way.
“We’ve got to make them afraid of us,” Bloomberg added, according to the New York Times.
As the Times also notes, “Bloomberg already spent millions of dollars trying to persuade members of Congress to support enhanced background check laws with virtually nothing to show for it.”
Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said the former New York governor has “money to waste” but eventually “he’s going to find out why his side keeps losing.”
Read the New York Times’ full report here.