Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has thrown down the gauntlet and his wallet to the National Rifle Association with $50 million of his own funds to create the Everytown For Gun Safety organization. explains the mission: “Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives. But something is changing. More than 1.5 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners, and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. Together, we are fighting for the changes that we know will save lives. Everytown starts with you, and it starts in your town.”

Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America have joined Everytown in an all-for-one-and-one-for-all fight. Moms is now more emboldened stating, “For the first time in history, Americans from all walks of life will mobilize to create a counterweight to the gun lobby and fight for common-sense gun laws at the federal, state and local level. Everytown will address issues like background checks, domestic violence, suicide prevention and safe storage of guns ...”

With 86 Americans killed by guns every day, Bloomberg’s goal is to amass some 2.5 million members by year’s end and focus on 15 states that have liberal gun laws. The Missouri Senate last week, by a vote of 23 to 10, passed a controversial bill that would wipe away all federal gun control laws past, present and future.

The NRA fights anti-gun advocates with advertising and lobbying and keeping a score card on elected officials concerning gun control. Everytown will counter that move by doing the same with money and a pledge to support candidates who will fight for common-sense laws to reduce gun violence.

A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found that nine in 10 Americans support expanding background checks on gun purchases.

Bloomberg says this issue isn’t about gun control but is instead about keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.

Further, the Second Amendment will not be affected.

I give you President John Adams’ toast: Independence forever.

Jerry Plantz lives in Lee’s Summit. His website is at Reach him at