November 6th, 2013
04:39 PM ET
5 years ago

Bloomberg on Virginia election: Home state of NRA stood up and said, 'Enough'

Michael Bloomberg is the most well-known mayor in the nation – for another 55 days. But Bloomberg has already expanded his reach beyond New York City, with his coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns and his political advocacy group Independence USA PAC.

Bloomberg dared to poke the bee hive, wading into the National Rifle Association's home state to back Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor's race. McAuliffe eked out a win over Republican state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Tuesday night.


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  1. just saying

    is this clown delusional? actually we know he is. if mcauliffe had taken on the nra he would have been trounced.

    November 6, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. ora pike

    John Peterson


    (With honest (for a change) historical backing)

    In 1863 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.

    In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States who later died from the wound.

    In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.

    In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States.

    In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan.

    In 1984 James Huberty a disgruntled Democrat shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.

    In 1986 Patrick Sherril a disgruntled Democrat shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.

    In 1990 James Pough a disgruntled Democrat shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.

    In 1991 George Hennard a disgruntled Democrat shot and killed 23 people in a Lubys cafeteria.

    In 1995 James Daniel Simpson a disgruntled Democrat shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.

    In 1999 Larry Asbrook a disgruntled Democrat shot and killed 8 people at a church service.

    In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US.

    In 2003 Douglas Williams a disgruntled Democrat shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.

    In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung – Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech .

    In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.

    In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.
    In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger a disgruntled Democrat shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis.

    In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people in a school.
    And . . . the vast majority of all other mass, "terrorist" shootings have been comitted by Democrats/Liberals/Progressives.

    Have you ever wondered?:
    If ABORTIONS were committed with guns,
    would Liberal/Progressive/Democrats support the Second Amendment?
    (What an interesting conundrum that would create in those minds!)

    Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.
    No NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservatives are involved.

    Clear Conclusion: It should be illegal for ALL Democrats to own guns.

    November 6, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Bloomberg is a major part of the Dem socialist attack on America, and American values.

    Like Obama, and the "Common Core" which is now being slated for brainwashing kids in our schools, to believe in the Dem socialist agenda.

    November 6, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    The NRA has taken on democrats, but felt that Cooch wasn't worth the time or money.

    November 6, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    As a hunter & supporter of reasonable Gun Regulations, Bloomberg is the wrong messenger. Southerners don't like arrogant New Yorkers sneering down at us & telling us what to do. Sen. Joe Mancini is the right guy. Obama recognized this & stayed out of the limelight.. Bloomberg's ego won't allow him to recognize this.

    November 6, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    Hey Rick McDaniel-Read the Four Gospels of Jesus & tell me what his agenda is for Mankind? Take your choice; follow Jesus' message or the Repub. message. One carries the promise of a meaningful life here(The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth) & into the next life. The other path leads to a crappy life & maybe hell.

    November 6, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The association also highlighted that of the 67 Virginia House Delegates the NRA endorsed, 65 won."

    And just as clearly the NRA took on Terry McAuliffe and lost.

    November 6, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. anonymoose

    WOW! Talk about ridiculous fantasy SPIN! Was his head rotating at about 5000 rpm when he said this?
    But when your a billionaire you get to say nutty things and have it called news.

    November 6, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. smith

    This is just plain stupid. The NRA supports politicians that support gun rights. It doesn`t matter if your a dem, gop, or an independent. The VA gov. race had nothing to do with guns or gun rights.

    November 6, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Obama-Democrats: Doubling Down, Lying about Their Lies

    Bloomberg needs to justify in his own mind that he actually got something for all the money he spent. Even if it is all a fiction. Isn't it wonderful to be rich? You can be totally insane and people will still take you seriously.

    November 6, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    I love Bloomburgh. Well, said. God bless. GOP is gone to dogs.

    November 6, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Getoverit

    Harry Reid is an NRA member. LOL!

    November 6, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. smith

    @lynda- When did McAuliffe say he was standing up to the NRA? When did the NRA say they were going after the new gov.? The NRA doesn`t care about your party, they care wether or not your pro-gun rights or anti-gun rights. You are inserting a conflict where there was no conflict to begin with.

    November 6, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Data Driven


    "is this clown delusional? actually we know he is. if mcauliffe had taken on the nra he would have been trounced."

    Gun control was part of McAuliffe's platform. So, er, he DID take on the NRA. And won. In Virginia.

    Can you FEEL the scoreboard, Just?

    November 6, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. Larry in Houston

    LOL – poor 'ol Rick McD- – LOL – – He don't like anyone – whether dem or repub....LOL – guess he just likes to sit there & gripe & complain.....well, we need those types too, y'know......If everyone was cloned, it would be a dull world. LOL –

    November 6, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ tom I

    "Ummmmm. I'm totally confused. Are you another "moderate" like Lynda and DMFO claim to be?"

    Oh you naughty boy. Trying to take yesterday's election loss out on me, are you? Regardless of what you may think of as being otherwise, I am who I am ... and I make no apologies for my political leaning.

    November 6, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. smith

    @Data- Gun control was not part if his platform. Not sure where your getting that McAuliffe was an anti-NRA or anti-gun person.

    November 6, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. etiendelamothecassel

    Congrats Virginia

    November 6, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "@lynda- When did McAuliffe say he was standing up to the NRA? When did the NRA say they were going after the new gov.? The NRA doesn`t care about your party, they care wether or not your pro-gun rights or anti-gun rights. You are inserting a conflict where there was no conflict to begin with."

    NRA spent heavily in the VA race...upwards of $500K.
    The NRA's media arm (NRA News) was directly involved and engaged by Cuccinelli's campaign to help him message about gun rights for his campaign, allowing him free air time on the radio and TV so he could appeal to NRA members for their votes, etc.
    The candidates repeatedly, during speeches, advertising and their debate, sought to define themselves as at the opposite ends of the gun control debate.

    November 6, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    ".... isn't it wonderful to be rich. You can be totally insane and people will still take you seriously".
    Like those who take the Koch's brothers seriously? Their sanity is questionable at best and they do like to
    throw their money at windmills.

    November 6, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. Steve

    The premise is clearly wrong. The far right – gun rights supporters – gave the election to the left by voting for the libertarian candidate. Further, Cuccinelli got 9% more of the independent vote.
    But then, why would anyone expect an honest assessment from Bloomberg.

    November 6, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  22. the hippies were right

    @Ora Pike, oh boy, you really got us dems on that one! The majority of us could care less if you don't allow us to have guns. We like bows and arrows anyway. Someday you WILL run out of bullets. Our arrows are reusable. Good luck!

    November 6, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. Hector Slagg

    It is discourging anytime a mis- guided individual goes on a shooting rampage. We already have laws against such things and it still happens. The only way to stop these things is to have a police state. No one would submit to a police state. It is a price for freedom.

    Sonny Chapman. The Four Gospels? You should realise they were written long after Jesus was dead gone or whatever you believe. However you should read Matthew 2:2. It describes the 3 Wise Men looking for this Newborn babe to be King of the Jews, not a Savior of the Universe.

    November 6, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. WIll D

    Coming from a big "gun guy" who supports reasionable background checks ext
    This win in my opinon is nothing of concern. Considering he is not the sole person in the authority in that state that makes laws or regulations. He did not just win the title of "King". Just like the President can not make his will, law without a lot work and winning over others in the law making process.

    Perhaps the voters voted for him because they didn't like the current guy? I can not imagine being "pro-gun" being the sole reasion he got the job. (i might be wrong) I don't know. I have never been to Virginia so I really couldn't tell you much about him.

    If Bloomberg's Security team were forced to be unarmed in the way he wants us unarmed, Id bet good hard earned money he would not not be so fast to try to take away others rights. I doubt I could go anywhere near his home(s) with seeing someone with a gun of some type. I'd be willing to be real money on that theory. CNN and all these news groups and their property as well for that matter.

    Look at the lawmakers in Colorado that got recalled. There are people who are tired for people doing what they want once they are sworn in. So it's a message the anti-gun guys near to keep in mind.

    November 6, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  25. RDH

    Hey Bloomberg, why do you have hired guns to protect you? Are you special? Does your life have more value than the commoner? Do as I say not as I do right Mike? Hypocrite!!!

    November 6, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
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