- ISIL creates all-female brigade to terrorize women into following Sharia law
- ISTOOK: Obama wants to be impeached
- Obama to Latin leaders: Help with border
- Military bans troops from Baptist church event honoring ‘God’s Rescue Squad’
- ‘Pocket drones’: U.S. Army developing tiny surveillance tools for the next big war
- Belgian cafe posts sign: Dogs allowed, but Jews stay out
- Gen. Dempsey: Pentagon studying Russian readiness plans not viewed ‘for 20 years’
- John McCain: Botched, two-hour execution of murderer is ‘torture’
- House GOP ready to move border bill
- Bomb squad called after live WWII artillery washes on Cape Cod beach
MILLER: NRA vs. Bloomberg
The final shootout over guns and the election
Question of the Day
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has been saying for the past two years that President Obama would ban guns if given a second term. Mr. Obama had been careful to pretend otherwise until last week's debate, when he let slip his intention to ban certain types of firearms. That has sparked a renewed political war on both sides of the issue.
Mr. Obama's revelation has energized the pro-gun forces. "The president peeked out from behind the curtain and said, 'Guess what, the NRA has been right all along. I am anti-Second Amendment and you can take my protestations to the contrary and shove 'em,'" NRA President David A. Keene told The Washington Times. "Those gun owners watching saw the threat to their rights firsthand. And we will do our level best at the NRA to see that those not watching will get the message before they vote."
For its ground game, the NRA hired 25 campaign field representatives in May to work the 13 swing states, and they have since recruited thousands of volunteers to make calls and visit gun shows, ranges and clubs. By Nov. 6, the group predicts it will have made more than 50 million mailers and phone calls for the election, about 55 percent for the presidential race and the rest for congressional seats.
In the last month of the race, the NRA will spend about $1.5 million a week on TV and up to $1 million on Web video ads, bringing its total spending this cycle to between $20 million and $30 million. Within 48 hours of the debate, a new TV ad was on the air in Florida, Virginia, Wisconsin and Ohio that shows then-Sen. Obama promising in 2008 that he won't take away anyone's guns.
The ad contrasts that statement with the president "stacking" the Supreme Court with anti-gun justices and his newly revealed second-term plans to renew the so-called assault-weapons ban. "Obama's even opened the door to a handgun ban," the announcer intones.
The gun grabbers aren't far behind. New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he was starting his own super PAC and would spend $15 million to advance the anti-gun agenda.
"You're not going to beat the NRA overnight," hizzoner told the New York Times. "As you get going, people start realizing that there's a sane group of people out there that want them to do intelligent things, and that's where their support is going to come from."
He will dole out the campaign cash to candidates at all levels who support undoing the Second Amendment. He'll also run attack ads on candidates who advance gun rights.
As Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney battle it out in the swing states, many of those voters will happen to be outside, enjoying deer-hunting season. Mr. Bloomberg's money may help in some Northeastern congressional races, but states like Michigan and Ohio are chock-full of hunters who won't want to be disarmed by new laws that miss the target.
Emily Miller is a senior editor for the Opinion pages at The Washington Times.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Emily Miller is senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times. She is the author of “Emily Gets Her Gun … But Obama Wants to Take Yours” (Regnery 2013). Miller won the 2012 Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Reporting from the Institute on Political Journalism.
- MILLER: Mark Witaschek tax investigation follows D.C. conviction for muzzleloader bullet ammunition
- MILLER: Harry Reid's hypocrisy on 'Equal Pay Day': No women on top leadership staff
- MILLER: Maryland bathroom bill for transgenders is part of LGBT lobby for sex-change rights
- MILLER: Mark Witaschek surrenders to D.C. police 'Gun Offenders Registry'
- MILLER: Michelle Obama has media blackout in China while touting freedom of press
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Get Breaking Alerts
- Rahm Emanuel: Send illegal immigrant shelter kids to Chicago
- Tactical advantage: Russian military shows off impressive new gear
- 'Pocket drones': U.S. Army developing tiny spies for the next big war
- Family of Marine killed in Afghanistan pushes back against cover-up
- CURL: Obama, staffers not even pretending any more
- Pentagon running out of time to find mass of missing weapons in Afghanistan
- Federal judge rules D.C. ban on handguns in public is unconstitutional
- D.C. seeks stay in order striking down ban on handguns in public
- The List: Top 20 TV medical shows
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?