Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is one of the worst RINOs to ever attach the (R) to his name, and the majority of freedom-loving conservatives regard him as the dangerous billionaire liberal that he is. Bloomberg’s self-funded Everytown for Gun Safety is a sham of an organization that makes use of subsidiary groups like Moms Demand Action to present itself as a grassroots phenomenon that is taking the NRA on David/Goliath-style. The only problem with this being that Bloomberg’s millions have directly led to the group outspending the NRA in several elections, many of which have still gone the other way. This isn’t a grassroots effort by any stretch of the imagination, and now even gun-control activists are beginning to see the truth.
In a Huffington Post op-ed last week, a disillusioned gun control activist named Kate Ranta let the fur fly about her now-defunct membership in the Bloomberg-funded Everytown and MDA. In the piece, Ranta, who joined the groups as a result of surviving a shooting, said she “felt betrayed” by the billionaire’s bureaucratic operation, which treasures publicity and political leverage more than the principles on which it claims to stand.
“For too long, gun control groups like Everytown have implemented top-down organizational models that treat gun violence prevention advocates like servants and gun violence survivors like fundraising fodder, giving us little or no say in our own advocacy. That must end now,” she wrote.
Ranta said that she watched as Everytown’s top-down machinery used and abused survivors of gun violence, often changing their stories to make sure they fit neatly in with Bloomberg’s agenda.
“Over the years, I began to see signs that suggested I was not as empowered as I thought,” she wrote. “For example, I was once coached to avoid authenticity in telling my personal story in order to ‘stay on message.’ I also saw that survivors who were in the national media got preferential treatment over survivors who were unknown to the public.”
Everytown and MDA like to position themselves as operations that began online and slowly but surely grew to become grassroots powerhouses of political heft. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. In direct contradiction to many of the country’s most powerful gun-lobbying groups, which actually do get their power from the members, these organizations are vanity projects for some of the richest liberals in the country. And they are disregarding even the stories and passions of their supporters to push the football a little further down the field.