Gun control, which is to say restricting how people acquire firearms, which people can have guns, and which weapons they will be allowed to possess, has been a center of Michael Bloomberg’s agenda ever since he entered politics.
Bloomberg’s run for the presidency will be no exception. Newsmax reports that Bloomberg recently held an event at a Christian Center near the site of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater mass shooting
Bloomberg’s proposals include initiatives that would:
“– Reinstate the federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
— Require every gun buyer to obtain a permit before making a purchase.
— Require point-of-sale background checks on all gun purchases while closing the gun show loophole.
— Institute a new age limit of 21 for those wishing to buy handguns, semi-automatic rifles, and shotguns.
— Require a mandatory 48-hour waiting period for all gun purchases.
— Institute a federal ‘red flag’ law to deny permits to ‘troubled people who pose a danger to themselves or others.’
— Institute a temporary ban on gun possession for those convicted of assault or other violent misdemeanors.
— Ban all guns in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, except for law enforcement.
— Reverse the law that gives gun makers and gun dealers immunity from lawsuits.
— Create the position of White House gun coordinator ‘to mobilize the public to fight gun violence and launch an inter-agency hub to fight gun violence.’”
At the same event, according to Fox News, Bloomberg accused President Donald Trump of “accepting” gun violence. The idea is that, as president, Bloomberg would do everything he can to end what he sees as an epidemic of gun violence.
Bloomberg has used his wealth and political position to promote gun control, including helping to elect like-minded people to federal and state officials through campaign contributions. One of the more successful investments by Bloomberg flipped the Virginia State Legislature to Democratic control, setting up a gun control battle in the Old Dominion.
The NRA is warning that one proposed bill would not only ban the AR-15 but commonly used parts that would, in effect, ban other firearms that are not ordinarily thought of as “assault weapons.” The bill would not grandfather current owners of AR-15s and the banned parts, implying that gun confiscation would become mandatory.
The prospect of stricter gun control laws in Virginia has sparked an open revolt from many county governments, many of which have declared themselves to be “2nd Amendment Sanctuary Counties,” according to the Washington Examiner. In effect, any gun control legislation passed in Richmond would not be enforced in the countries declaring themselves as sanctuaries.
The measures set up a divide between the more liberal, urban counties in Virginia and the rural, more conservative regions in the state. How the state government in Virginia would enforce gun control laws without the cooperation of local law enforcement is a question that has yet to be answered.
One does not have to be an experienced political pundit to imagine what is happening now in Virginia happening across the United States should Bloomberg be elected along with a Congress willing to pass his gun control agenda.
Despite mass shootings such as took place in Aurora, gun control remains a controversial issue in America. The United States is the only country that mandates the right to keep and bear arms in its Constitution.
Nevertheless, according to the News and Observer, a majority of Americans support stricter gun control laws, including a ban on so-called assault weapons. The exception is that most Americans do not support a ban or restrictions on handguns. Nor do most Americans favor doing away with the 2nd Amendment altogether. Thus, Bloomberg, as president, would be able to point for popular support to buttress his gun control agenda.
Even so, gun rights are extremely important to a large number of Americans, who will likely resist measures supported by Bloomberg to ban or restrict the ownership of firearms, given what is transpiring in Virginia. The Seattle Times recently noted that gun control measures face stiff resistance in state legislatures controlled by Republicans.
In the meantime, any federal gun laws would have to pass Supreme Court muster. Until President Bloomberg can start appointing federal judges and justices, such approval may be hard to come by.