Michael Bloomberg's misguided, disingenuous adventure

BY ALAN GOTTLIEB, AND DAVE WORKMAN Published: June 20, 2014
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When Michael Bloomberg recently suggested that his pathway to heaven was already paved with his own golden “gun control” deeds, he overlooked one of the Ten Commandments, the one about bearing false witness.

The ex-mayor’s long-running gun prohibition campaign is built around falsehoods; a pattern of deceit that has included counting a slain terrorism suspect as a victim of gun violence, the persistent use of a bogus claim about gun sales and background checks, and grossly inflating the number of school shootings.

Bloomberg is spending $50 million, a far tidier sum than 30 pieces of silver, even with today’s inflation rate, on the “Everytown for Gun Safety” campaign to perpetuate these myths. If this new gun control effort is so worthwhile, why is it based on a foundation of lies?

When an earlier Bloomberg-funded effort, run under the auspices of his Mayors Against Illegal Guns, included the names of criminals justifiably killed by police and private citizens, it was embarrassing. Public outrage was compounded because one of the names was that of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who died in a shootout with police.

The continued use of another questionable statistic — that 40 percent of gun sales occur without background checks — should be reason enough to doubt anything else that emanates from a Bloomberg-funded organization. That statistic has been debunked by the Washington Post Fact Checker, which gave it a blistering “Three Pinocchio” rating when it was used by President Barack Obama.

The number is based on a 20-year-old survey that involved 251 people, a pitiful sampling size by any standard. The survey occurred before the Brady Background Check law became fully operational.

Following a tragic school shooting at an Oregon high school, Shannon Watts, founder of the Bloomberg-supported Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, claimed there had been 74 school shootings in the 18 months between the Sandy Hook tragedy and the Oregon attack. CNN and other news agencies used that number without checking its veracity.

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