Gun-Grabbing Billionaire Michael Bloomberg Wasted $2 Million on Virginia Races

Anti-gun oligarch Michael Bloomberg spent $2 million on Virginia candidates in the 2021 election and fell flat on his face in doing so.

Larry Keane, the Senior Vice President of Government & Public Affair of National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), observed that “gun rights candidates swept the big three offices of governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general.”

Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin’s victory received the bulk of the attention, and rightfully so, but there was another part of this race that did not receive as much coverage — Republican victories in the House of Delegates. Republicans flipped six seats to attain a majority in the House of Delegates.

In the previous 2020 election cycle, Bloomberg dropped over $1 billion and took substantial losses as Republicans generally stemmed the bleeding from those races.

Bloomberg’s gun control proxies such as Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action have been incredibly active over the past decade, with recent election cycles being no exception. Recently, Everytown spent roughly $2 million in Virginia to prop up pro-civilian disarmament candidate in the legislature, in addition to electing former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe.

McAuliffe was running on an explicitly anti-Second Amendment platform. He declared gun violence to be a “public health crisis” McAuliffe was also in favor of broad-based gun control agenda that called for the banning of so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines. In addition, McAuliffe called for the prohibition of concealed carry in “public spaces.”

John Feinblatt the president of Everytown, was originally enthusiastic about Bloomberg’s monetary injection and the prospect of Gun Control Inc. scoring a win in Virginia.  Back in June, he declared, “Virginia’s elections have always been a national bellwether, so it says a lot about the strength of the gun safety movement that three gun sense candidates are running at the top of the Democratic ticket.”

But once the final votes were casted, Gun Control Inc. took a solid body blow with Glenn Youngkin winning his gubernatorial race, Winsome Sears winning her race for Lieutenant Governor as a staunch opponent of red flag gun confiscation orders, and Jason Miyares winning his bid for Virginia Attorney General.

Overall, November 2 was a great day for gun rights in Old Dominion. Virginia is ranked in 33rd place for Guns & Ammo magazine’s best states for gun owner rankings, so it has its work cut out for it in terms of restoring gun rights.

It’s now incumbent upon Second Amendment activists to continue putting pressure on their elected officials and ensure that Republicans start making concrete steps to improve the state’s gun laws.


 
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