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From The Editor | Bring It On!

From The Editor | Bring It On!

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Michael Bloomberg is spending more of his billions to target you, me and all other lawful gun owners, this time through a new media arm for his Everytown for Gun Safety group. The Trace, as the website is being called, is “dedicated to changing the conversation about guns in America.”

The self-proclaimed “journalism startup” says it plans to track news related to firearms, and that it won’t simply parrot boss Bloomberg’s anti-gun talking points. Given the many other Bloomberg gun-ban ventures—Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety, to name a few—that made similar claims but never met that criteria, I’d wager dollars to donuts that statement is just the first of many lies coming from this new so-called “news” organization.

The effort will be led by former New Republic story editor James Burnett. It’s the typical Bloomberg mode of operation: hiring an editor from a failing left-wing website who has little, if any, credible knowledge of firearms. We won’t be surprised if we have to expand the Bullitzer Prize column in our print-issue “First Things First” section just to keep up with the “conversation” that will be coming from this bunch.

At the risk of seeming smug, I might recommend to Burnett that he can quickly get up to speed on the most important aspect of the debate just by studying the Second Amendment: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” For follow-up reading, I’d recommend he study the Heller and McDonald cases, which further describe the individual right of Americans to own firearms.    

An invitation for a special launch event in June in Washington, D.C., read: “Please join us for a preview of The Trace. The journalism startup dedicated to changing the conversation about guns in America.”

Poor grammar aside—we actually laughed out loud when we read the announcement—I was in D.C. at the time of the launch party, but somehow failed to receive my invitation to the gala. It would have been nice to be there in person to meet the folks who believe they can “change the conversation” on gun ownership by pushing for more restrictions on law-abiding citizens and individual firearm ownership.

Truth is, with his billions of dollars, Bloomberg’s media arm will doubtless be better funded than America’s 1st Freedom or Americas1stFreedom.org. But we’re eagerly looking forward to going toe-to-toe with this new outfit in any “discussion” of our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Interestingly, in announcing the launch of The Trace, organizers voiced their goal of winning the coveted Pulitzer Prize with their gun-ban advocacy. While a Pulitzer Prize is unlikely, we won’t be surprised if we have to expand the Bullitzer Prize column in our print-issue “First Things First” section just to keep up with the “conversation” that will be coming from this bunch.