Watch: The NRA Just Slammed Michael Bloomberg With This New Ad

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To fight back against former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun reform campaign, the National Rifle Association (NRA) launched a multi-million dollar effort ahead of next month’s midterm election, labeling Bloomberg as an “elitist.”

The NRA, which has already spent over $10 million this election cycle, is going to paint Bloomberg as an “elitist.” The former three-term mayor leads the group Everytown for Gun Safety, an umbrella organization that advocates for gun control legislation and reform.

The group includes Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and endorsed a wide ranging list of U.S. Senators and members of Congress, including several in close races, such as those in North Carolina and Louisiana.

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam labeled Bloomberg as the “ultimate hypocrite,” according to The Hill.

“We look at it as an opportunity to expose the real Mike Bloomberg to the American people.

“The American people will see he is the ultimate hypocrite who tries to ensure people don’t have the right to defend themselves, while he surrounds himself with armed security 24 hours a day.”

The Hill notes the NRA’s campaign puts a large emphasis on Colorado, where there is a close race for Governor and a nominally close race for the U.S. Senate. The NRA launched an ad Tuesday featuring Kimberly Weeks, a crime victim who tells of surviving two hours of “evil,” before telling Bloomberg in the ad:

“You do not have the right to tell me how to defend myself.”

Arulanandam cautions that the gun control lobby won’t go away quietly, according to The Hill:

“I think the gun control lobby has proven themselves very adept at exploiting tragedy to push their political agenda.

“It’s a misnomer or inaccurate for anyone to suggest that gun control is dead.”

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Soda Drinkers Rejoice After This Court Decision

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Supporting a previous ruling, a decision Thursday by the New York Court of Appeals ensures that restaurants and other potentially impacted businesses will not be forced to abide by strict size restrictions in the sale of sugary drinks.

The New York City health department attempted to limit the sale of soda to 16-ounce portions, a move supported by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and, to some extent, its current mayor. The move was largely panned by the public; and amid complaints by owners of restaurants, theaters, and other businesses, the regulation was nixed by a lower court.

According to the majority opinion in the 4-2 decision, the court determined that the city’s health board “engaged in law-making beyond its regulatory authority” and “wrote the Portion Cap Rule without benefit of legislative guidance.”

While judges might agree with the board’s underlying opinion that consumption of sugary beverages is a health risk, the majority found it does not have the authority to impose such a ban.

Those who would have been affected by the restriction are celebrating the ruling.

A statement by the American Beverage Association expressed pleasure that the previous ruling was upheld, explaining that if reinstated, the ban “would have created an uneven playing field for thousands of small businesses in the city and limited New Yorkers’ freedom of choice.”

Of course, backers of the ban vowed to continue fighting against the consumption of soda.

City Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett asserted that the court ruling “does not change the fact that sugary drink consumption is a key driver of the obesity epidemic,” vowing that her board “will continue to look at ways to stem the twin epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes.”

The left’s assault on soda is not unique to New York. In California, for instance, sugary drinks might soon contain a warning label designating them as dangerous products.

Legislators in other states, including Connecticut Democrat Rep. Rosa DeLauro, advocate specific soda taxes meant to discourage individuals from purchasing such beverages.

Photo credit: Teeejayy (Flickr)

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Chipotle: The New Battleground In The Gun Control Wars

Above, an image from the Open Carry demonstration that took place within Chipotle.

UPDATE: Chipotle released a statement Monday afternoon indicating it is now asking customers to leave their guns behind before entering one of its locations. Read the entire statement below:

The issue of gun ownership or gun rights has become one of the most contentious debates in the country. Chipotle has never taken a position on this issue, as we focus instead on our mission to change the way people think about and eat fast food.

Recently participants from an “open carry” demonstration in Texas brought guns (including military-style assault rifles) into one of our restaurants, causing many of our customers anxiety and discomfort.  Because of this, we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.

Historically, we felt it enough to simply comply with local laws regarding the open or concealed carrying of firearms, because we believe that it is not fair to put our team members in the uncomfortable position of asking that customers refrain from bringing guns into our restaurants.  However, because the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers, we think it is time to make this request.

We acknowledge that there are strong arguments on both sides of this issue. We have seen those differing positions expressed in the wake of this event in Texas, where pro-gun customers have contacted us to applaud our support of the Second Amendment, and anti-gun customers have expressed concern over the visible display of military-style assault rifles in restaurants where families are eating. The vast majority of gun owners are responsible citizens and we appreciate them honoring this request. And we hope that our customers who oppose the carrying of guns in public agree with us that it is the role of elected officials and the legislative process to set policy in this area, not the role of businesses like Chipotle.


A rapidly rising star among the nation’s higher-end fast food establishments, Chipotle is a popular destination for urbanites in the mood for some casual Mexican fare. The chain is now under fire from the Michael Bloomberg-supported gun-grabbing organization “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.”

It seems a pro-Second Amendment Texas group planned an outing to a Dallas Chipotle restaurant, during which they carried firearms. When photos of the event surfaced online, leftist activists reacted swiftly. “Moms Demand Action” founder Shannon Watts explained she wants the chain to adopt prohibitive gun rules that would ensure law-abiding citizens are sitting ducks in the event of an armed robbery or other violent attack.

C.J. Grisham, founder of Open Carry Texas, explained the trip was not intended to be a statement about gun rights, explaining members simply decided to grab a bite after a meeting.

“We don’t go there just to carry guns into a restaurant,” he added. “We always let the manager know we’re coming. We try very hard to make people feel comfortable.”

“Moms want to know that when we take our families out to eat burritos, we won’t be confronted with bullets,” she said, apparently equating the mere presence of a firearm with deadly projectiles whizzing through the air.

Of course, as Dr. Suzanna Hupp recalls the vicious shooting at a Luby’s restaurant nearly 23 years ago, she recognizes that she could have potentially prevented the rampage that left 23 dead – including her parents – had she not followed the rules and left her gun in the car.

Watts, on the other hand, is using her position – along with the infusion of cash by Bloomberg’s anti-gun crusade – to make it easier for future acts of gun violence to take place.

“We support the Second Amendment,” she claimed, “but we also need to feel safe and secure in the places we take our children.”

The advertised absence of legal guns, however, serves to make millions of American families feel decidedly less safe.

According to Watts, the group is calling on Chipotle to halt its current firearm policy, which simply looks to state law for guidance, and instead “follow Starbucks’ lead and make a clear statement that firearms are not welcome in their restaurants.”

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This Woman Just Ripped Bloomberg’s Gun Control Plans To Shreds

Conservative pundit S.E. Cupp was asked on ABC’s “This Week” about former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign to obliterate the NRA. Here is her response:

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Bloomberg Just Declared War On The NRA

Michael Bloomberg recently announced he will spend $50 million of his own money to stop the flow of “illegal guns.”

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