New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated $2.2 million to Chicago’s campaign against fire arms. This has been only one example of politicians going against the National Rifle Association (NRA) since the Sandy Hook incident and even going as far back to the Gabby Giffords incident over 1 year ago. For many Liberals, this has given them a new reason to respect Independent Bloomberg.
Using his super PAC, Bloomberg has been using it to influence the course of political elections using the topics of gun violence and gay marriage. Before this donation, the super PAC had spent $2.1 million on the Democratic Primary. The 2.2 million will surely help the city of Chicago with their horrible gun violence. In fact, earlier this year, President Obama gave a speech in Chicago addressing the gun violence issue. Sadly, just hours after his speech, an 18-year-old attendee lost her life in a fatal shooting.
This shooting is putting even more pressure on the NRA, which has defended the Newtown shooting in saying, “the only thing to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” This has been a controversial statement. With what Bloomberg donated, it is shown that he does not agree. Many New Yorkers don’t. New York City is a fairly liberal city, so it is very understandable why Bloomberg did this, even though he’s an Independent.
Even with politicians starting to back stronger gun laws, guns will not go away. This issue will, without a doubt, be a hot topic for many years to come.
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