Take Maine Moms for example.
A quick look at their last two quarterly campaign finance reports reveal that Maine Moms received nearly $800,000 in reportable contributions for their drive to put “universal background checks” on the November 2016 ballot. That’s a lot of support. Turn to the second page and you’ll be shocked to discover that nearly all of the funds reported came from their parent organization – Everytown. In fact, less than $600.00 were reported from three Maine residents with hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenditures being reported for out-of-state paid to petition gathering organizations.
Everytown for Gun Safety is a New York City based group founded and funded by billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Their focus, contrary to their name, has nothing at all to do with gun safety. They don’t offer any classes on gun safety, they don’t have any instructors teaching gun safety, and they certainly don’t support any legislation that promotes gun safety. That’s because this group doesn’t believe in gun safety or self-defense – they believe in gun control. Which brings us back to Maine Moms.
So, where are the Maine Moms Demand Action for Guns Sense? Clearly, they’re not found on the Maine ballot initiative campaign reports. One might assume that a group called Maine Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense would be comprised of mothers from Maine and that they are a grassroots effort brought to life thanks to a group of concerned moms trying to address issues in Maine. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The cold light of day reveals that this group is similar to a franchise much like McDonalds or Starbucks. But instead of selling hamburgers or coffee, they’re selling gun control. A quick Google search will show these groups popping up in every state of the Union thanks to the funding and supervision of Michael Bloomberg. There are Nevada Moms, Virginia Moms, and California Moms actively working around the clock to chip away at the Second Amendment. They lobby state legislatures, promote ballot initiatives, and donate money to politicians who believe it’s more important to take guns away from the good guys instead of the bad guys.
The National Rifle Association has more than 125,000 certified instructors teaching more than 1,000,000 gun owners how to safely and responsibly exercise their Second Amendment rights. We teach gun safety every day, we back politicians who support gun rights, and we keep fighting to defend the God-given right of self-defense.