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Backed by Bloomberg

The New York Times reports:

The commercial is an unambiguous appeal to gun owners: a middle-aged hunter, rifle in hand, vows that he will fight to protect the Second Amendment. But in a sensible, father-of-the-house tone, he also urges voters to support comprehensive background checks, “so criminals and the dangerously mentally ill can’t.

The man behind the advertisement is not known for his kinship with the gun crowd: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the nation’s fiercest advocate of restrictions on firearms since the December rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Determined to persuade Congress to act in response to that shooting, Mr. Bloomberg on Monday will begin bankrolling a $12 million national advertising campaign that focuses on senators who he believes might be persuaded to support a pending package of federal regulations to curb gun violence. buy guns.”

Can we agree on one thing? Yes, New York’s mayor has got the cash to pay for ads like this, but the grotesquely authoritarian Bloomberg, the Mussolini of the Big Gulp, is one of the least credible possible sponsors that there could be for “sensible” gun control.

If those defending gun rights are smart, they should make an issue of Bloomberg’s support of a campaign like this: his participation is the absolute guarantee that the current assault on gun rights will not stop with a few “modest” changes.