New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a fierce advocate of gun control since the Newtown massacre, is bankrolling a $12 million nationwide ad campaign aimed at countering the gun lobby’s huge influence.   Bloomberg was targeting senators he hoped could be persuaded to back a proposed package of federal regulations.  The ads would run in 13 states starting on Monday ahead of a debate in Congress over legislation to curb gun violence.  Bloomberg said, “It’s time for another voice.”  The spots will run in Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

In one of the spots, aired repeatedly last night on the local NBC station, a man holds a shotgun and says:  “I believe in the Second Amendment and I’ll fight to protect it. But with rights come responsibilities. That’s why I support comprehensive background checks so criminals and the dangerously mentally ill can’t buy guns.”

Bloomberg said that the campaign would focus on universal background checks on those wanting to purchase firearms.  Bloomberg, whose estimated  worth is around $27 billion, makes him the seventh richest person in the United States, recently made headlines for his proposal to ban soft drinks that were 48 ounces or larger in New York City.

What I find appalling about this, is the fact that there are more homicides in the city of New York, in one year, than there has been in the state of North Dakota from 1961 to 2012.  (414 to 412).  Bloomberg is targeting our state for two reasons, one, our Senator Heidi Heitkamp is opposed to any gun control and has said so, even to the President and other members of her Democratic party, and two, we have one of the highest levels of gun ownership, per person, in the nation.

This is another example of people who live outside of our state trying to tell me that we, as a nation, need more comprehensive background checks, when, in fact, it will not work.  The only person who will legitimately register their guns and submit to a background check is the honest individual, who will probably, never take another person’s life.  The criminals and dangerously mental ill will obtain their weapons illegally and thus, bypass any background check.

Bloomberg, I have a challenge for you…get your homicide rate per year in New York City down to what the annual rate is for the entire state of North Dakota, and then you can tell me what I should do here, otherwise keep quiet.  I spent nearly 30 years in law enforcement and for many years was a negotiator and team leader on a Crisis Response Team and have dealt with a lot of criminals, both on the street and also while incarcerated, and because they are convicted felons already, do you honest think that a background check is going to prohibit them from possessing a firearm?

This is just the first step in an attempt to ban gun ownership and if that is allowed to happen, than watch the crime rate soar.  One of the reasons that gun violence is low in North Dakota is the fact that most homes have guns in them and their owners are not afraid to use them.

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