A1F: We’ve chronicled on the A1F Daily website before how so-called “universal” background checks—the cause-of-the-day for American gun-ban advocates—won’t deter violent crime or mass shootings, only make it harder for the law-abiding to practice their Second Amendment rights.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped freedom-hating billionaires like former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg from spending millions and millions of dollars to push such initiatives. That’s just what Bloomberg’s astroturf groups have recently done in Maine, funneling more than $3 million into a background check initiative to be on the ballot in November in the Pine Tree State.
Since last fall, Everytown for Gun Safety has contributed more than $3 million to its affiliated group Maine Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and the newly formed Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership. The fund also has provided roughly $500,000 in in-kind contributions, including providing consultant services.
Despite the rhetoric, this radically misguided ballot initiative will not reduce crime. It would, according to NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, criminalize virtually all currently legal private transfers. more