Bloomberg Gives $50M for Rival NRA

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10:  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a press conference regarding Super Bowl XLVIII, which New York and New Jersey will host at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on October 10, 2013 in New York City.  Bloomberg was joined by the National Football League's (NFL) commissioner Roger Goodell, co-chairmen of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, and various city officials.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he will donate $50 million toward building a grassroots, nation-wide network for voters against gun violence. He plans to restructure two gun-control groups he funds into a new umbrella group called Everytown for Gun Safety. Bloomberg said he envisions it as a pro-gun-control answer to the National Rifle Association, especially its ability to effectively turn the screws on politicians. “They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you. If you don’t vote with us, we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop,’” he said of the NRA. “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.” He's already rounded up an elite and bipartisan board, which includes Tom Ridge, Michael Mullen, and Warren Buffett as members.

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