By Bob Owens
Michael Bloomberg can’t win over public opinion for his gun control views based on merit or logic, and so he’s going to spend millions of dollars of his own money to buy ads in an effort to “buy” the Virginia state senate and turn back the clock on gun rights in the Commonwealth.
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s gun control advocacy group is pouring $2.2 million into TV ads backing two Virginia candidates for state Senate, in a bid to wrest control of the chamber from Republicans.
A victory on Tuesday by one of the Democrats backed by Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety would switch control of the 40-seat Senate in the state, home of the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby.
That could be a big boost for Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe, a gun control advocate who is seeking legislative victories as he heads presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s election effort in Virginia.
“Guns are always a hot-button issue in Virginia,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political analyst at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. “It’s a wise investment to put money in a campaign that matters.”
The Virginia races are an Everytown national focus in the off-year election. The issue of gun control has …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms