Michael R. Bloomberg

‘I didn’t accept gun violence ripping apart our cities and communities every day and I’m going to do everything I can to change the administration and Washington and fight back against this evil. It’s not the only problem this country has, but it’s certainly one that we can focus on today.’

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Former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has a long history of gun control advocacy, and has poured a portion of his fortune into the cause in recent years. During the Obama administration, when momentum for stronger laws flagged in Congress, activists and the White House turned to the billionaire, who funded a campaign to counter the NRA’s influence.

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He supports banning assault weapons and creating a background check program to keep guns from people who pose a danger to themselves or others, just like most of the other Democratic candidates. Bloomberg, however, does not support a gun buyback program, saying it would not be possible to get all the guns back. Instead, he would settle for prohibiting sales of automatic weapons, with an exception for military and law enforcement personnel.

Bloomberg co-founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns and later joined Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in the creation of Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit that advocates for policy change to address gun violence. His presidential campaign has run an ad listing each school shooting since President Trump has been in office.