Gun-hater Michael Bloomberg, who dumped more than $100 million into anti-gun candidates’ coffers during the midterm elections, has registered as a Democrat ahead of a possible presidential run. The former New York City mayor—who ran as a Republican in 2001 and 2005, and as an independent in 2009—is now aligning himself with the party that openly calls for gun bans and confiscation.
Of course, that’s no coincidence. As the Democratic Party has moved further and further from embracing firearms freedom, it has moved closer to the positions held by politicians like Bloomberg.
Don’t believe me? Just consider that in the last presidential election, the party’s presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, endorsed Australian-style gun confiscation and refused to concede that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. The party’s platform shifted accordingly. Any mention of the Second Amendment or the individual right to keep and bear arms that had previously been in the platform disappeared between 2012 and 2016.
In truth, it’s easy to see how the Second Amendment’s standing deteriorated in the Democratic Party simply by analyzing those party leaders who aspire to reside in the White House. Just look at those who have been trumpeted as leading party “hopefuls” in 2020. How about Eric Holder and Andrew Cuomo? They’re both gun haters—and NRA haters, I might add—to the very core. Has-been Clinton and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe are no different.
Perhaps the nominee will be one of several U.S. senators in the mix. Maybe Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; or Bernie Sanders, D-Vt.? A more strident anti-gun, anti-freedom group of politicians would be hard to imagine. Maybe even former vice president “Crazy Uncle Joe” Biden will somehow gain his party’s nomination. Obviously, he’s no different, having earned a well-deserved “F” rating from NRA’s Political Victory Fund.
It’s important to note that many registered Democrats have a completely opposite view of the Second Amendment than does their party leadership. As the party becomes more strident in its rejection of an individual right to arms, it moves further and further away from those members.
In the end, I don’t really care if Bloomberg runs for president or not—someone very much like him will likely get the nod. But I do feel bad for those rank-and-file Democrats throughout the country who support the Second Amendment. The way the field is shaping up, there’s little chance they’ll have a pro-gun candidate to consider when the Democrat primary rolls around.