'Loonberg' Targets Maine for Gun Control Ballot

'Loonberg' Targets Maine for Gun Control Ballot

'Loonberg' Targets Maine for Gun Control Ballot

Mike Bloomberg’s minions – and his money – have flooded into the state of Maine in recent weeks, launching a massive assault on the rights of Maine gun owners.

Bloomberg, through his subsidiary groups, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, has launched a petition drive to get a background check and registration initiative on the ballot for the 2016 elections.

The groups are hiring teams of professional signature gatherers to collect the 61,123 signatures needed to get the measure on the ballot, and have vowed to do “whatever it takes” to accomplish their goals.

Since making firearm restrictions one of his pet projects, Bloomberg has demonstrated that “whatever it takes” isn’t just a propaganda slogan, but an actual commitment. So far that “whatever it takes” has included over $100 million in misleading advertising, distorted “research,” campaign contributions, and professional lobbyists. When the Bloomies say “whatever it takes,” they mean “whatever,” including lying, exploiting tragedies, and selling out their principles in order to get their way.

If they succeed with the petitions, the next step will be millions more spent to convince Maine voters to throw away their rights, and then on to the next state to repeat the process.

A similar proposal was passed last year in Washington State, with Bloomberg and his billionaire pals ponying up over $10 million dollars to make it a criminal act to even loan a gun to a friend without first paying a fee and getting a government permission slip. They then gathered enough signatures to put their restrictive bill on the 2016 ballot in Nevada, and managed to push their legislation through the Oregon House and Senate. In Nevada, Bloomberg paid signature gatherers as much as $5.00 per signature to get the numbers they needed, and many of those same, Bloomberg-paid signature gatherers were also collecting signatures on petitions to get a marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot – a measure that Bloomberg has vocally opposed and called “stupid.”

An effort was begun earlier this year to bring the restrictive initiative to Arizona, but after establishing a presence in the state, and laying some groundwork, the effort appears to have stalled for the moment. It looks like Bloomberg’s advisors have determined that the political climate and initiative laws in Maine are more favorable. Arizona has often been identified as the most “gun-friendly” state in the country, and that position has been earned with the well-organized efforts of grassroots groups like the Arizona Citizens Defense League, the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association, numerous shooting clubs, and a robust firearm and firearm-related industry. And unlike many states, activists in Arizona generally work well together and cooperate rather than competing.

On the other side of the country, Maine is in a very different situation. While the state has historically enjoyed both minimal gun control laws and very low crime rates, it’s close to bastions of gun control like New York and Massachusetts, and has seen major shifts in its political base as young natives leave to find better jobs in other states while well-heeled refugees from heavily restrictive states have migrated to the fresh air and freedom of The Pine Tree State. There has also been a major influx of immigrants from Somalia and Central Africa, bringing with them different cultural values and widespread perceptions of increased crime and violence.