- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 2, 2014

The National Rifle Association has struck back at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, dinging him as the “ultimate hypocrite” for lobbying against Second Amendment rights for average Americans while maintaining his own personal armed security force.

Mr. Bloomberg reportedly vowed to spend a total of $50 million via the Everytown for Gun Safety, a coalition of several groups including Mr. Bloomberg’s own Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

But the NRA, which has ponied up $10 million of its own for political spending this election cycle, is retaliating with an ad campaign against Mr. Bloomberg. One ad features a survivor of violent crime telling the former mayor, “You do not have the right to tell me how to defend myself,” The Hill reported.

The NRA is hoping such ads will prove a successful counter to Mr. Bloomberg’s anti-gun efforts.

“We look at it as an opportunity to expose the real Mike Bloomberg to the American people,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanadam said, The Hill reported. “The American people will see he is the ultimate hypocrite who tries to ensure people who don’t have the right to defend themselves, while he surrounds himself with armed security 24 hours a day.” 

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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