Tom Ridge bows out of Deplorable Nanny State (former) Mayor’s anti-gun group

posted at 8:31 am on April 26, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was quite the feather in the cap of Bloomberg’s new anti-second amendment group, Everytown for Gun Safety. Being not only a Republican, but a Bush appointed Republican, the presence of Ridge on the board lent an air of sweet bipartisanship to the group’s marketing efforts. Sadly for the billionaire willing to save us all from ourselves, that train didn’t stay on the tracks very long after leaving the station.

Former Republican Gov. Tom Ridge is stepping down from his position with Michael Bloomberg’s new anti-gun organization, The Daily Caller has learned.

“When I signed on as an advisor to Everytown, I looked forward to a thoughtful and provocative discussion about the toll gun violence takes on Americans,” Ridge told The Daily Caller in a statement, through a spokesman.

“After consultation with Everytown, I have decided that I am uncomfortable with their expected electoral work,” Ridge said. “Therefore, we have decided that we will pursue this issue in our separate spheres.”

To be clear here, Ridge has gone soft on guns and there’s no point in mincing words on that. But he still serves as a powerful talisman to the anti-gun rights crowd simply on the strength of his resume. Once he got a good look at Bloomberg’s full agenda, though, it was still too much even for him. There is no reasonable or moderate position coming out of anything that Bloomberg is involved in, given that he’s on an all out crusade.

But Ridge has, in the past, at least offered a few areas where a discussion could take place, and had Bloomberg been in the least bit serious about a rationale discussion he could have kept Ridge on board. Ridge is correct in saying that there is not only room for, but a need for an open, serious discussion on gun violence, particularly in urban settings. There should be more communication about the frightening toll being taken in so called “gun free zones” and the number of criminals who freely traffic in arms because of a lack of enforcement of existing laws. Had he found a serious forum for such discussion and been interested, Ridge might have been a productive voice in such a debate.

Unfortunately for Bloomberg, even Ridge was able to quickly see where that particular trail was heading. There is no open discussion with these groups… just a running, well funded propaganda campaign to ban guns. But I’m sure Ridge will be replaced by either a willing Democrat or another Republican with weak knees. $50M can buy a lot of “bipartisan” interest.


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Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was quite the feather in the cap of Bloomberg’s new anti-second amendment group, Everytown for Gun Safety.

Except for “Gun Free”Chicago south of the river and west of…er, State?

Murphy9 on April 26, 2014 at 8:35 AM

When you are too extreme for Tom Ridge you are WWWAAAAYYYY out there!

Old Dog on April 26, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Bloomberg is a looney-bin extremist. Too much for even squishy Repubs.

crankyoldlady on April 26, 2014 at 8:40 AM

coalition of the stupid

crrr6 on April 26, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Tom Ridge is the Pennsylvania governor who stopped inspecting abortion clinics. Never forget that. There’s a guy who’s doing life for 3 proven murders (and only God knows how many others.)

I don’t give a rat’s @ss about him.

rbj on April 26, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Bloomy can buy anything he wants.His ego thinks he can buy an election,get guns banned, and be a hero to the left.Those that signed on with him saw $$ signs to feed their greed.His true colors showed up and some are bailing out.$50 million is a drop in the bucket.I want him to spend 10 times that.

docflash on April 26, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Help Wanted: RINO
Token hire. Figure head. Will appear in promotional and marketing material with your party id prominently mentioned. You will have no say on anything. But salary is excellent.

kevinkristy on April 26, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Well gangbangers with guns don’t have to worry. King Barack isn’t interested in punishing them. All in the name of ‘social justice’, of course.

GarandFan on April 26, 2014 at 9:02 AM

There is no open discussion with these groups… just a running, well funded propaganda campaign to ban guns. But I’m sure Ridge will be replaced by either a willing Democrat or another Republican with weak knees

…You think Senator John McStain… is on a plane to New York yet?

KOOLAID2 on April 26, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Sounds like there’s a job opening for Super McCain.

Is it me or does it sound like Ridge quit because he didn’t want to be part of a left wing political organization that basically would be working to elect Democrats?

xdwall on April 26, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Listen to me! Look at the BIG picture! Bloomberg is that which the AntiFederalists warned us about. Their counterarguments to the ideas of the Federalists were not only warranted, they were prophetic. The concentration of law making powers, law enforcement powers, and law interpretation powers into a single institution attracts statists and wannabe authoritarians who want to use the force of law to coerce people into submission to the state. The Federalists tried to argue that this would not happen. CLEARLY they were wrong. The only reason why we have a Second Amendment is that the Federalists reluctantly agreed to add a Bill of Rights in order to placate the Anti-Federalist. Had they not made this addition to the Constitution, it never would have been ratified.

AlFromBayShore on April 26, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Tom Ridge is the Pennsylvania governor who stopped inspecting abortion clinics. Never forget that. There’s a guy who’s doing life for 3 proven murders (and only God knows how many others.)

I don’t give a rat’s @ss about him.

rbj on April 26, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Excellent post.

celtic warrior on April 26, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Don’t be silly. Tom Ridge didn’t bow out after he found that Bloomberg’s anti-gun agenda “was still too much even for him.” He told you in his statement why he quit the group.

“After consultation with Everytown, I have decided that I am uncomfortable with their expected electoral work,”

Mike Bloomberg is attacking Republicans. Tom Ridge would happily work with Bloomie if he was only attacking gun rights. Tom’s a RINO that way. Tom’s actual problem is that if he gets involved in attacking other RINOs who support gun rights, those same RINOs will not appoint him to any sweet government positions. He wants a little more government power to throw around, and he’s not going to let his dislike of us gun owners get in the way.

sdsorrentino on April 26, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Why was he on it to begin with? Meathead.

rrpjr on April 26, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Wish Bloomberg would be honest and call the group what it really is: “Every Statist for Gun Confiscation”.

nclibertarian on April 26, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Tom Ridge = Poster Child of the GOP elite.

Another reason I do not trust the Bush family…you are who you hang out with.

William Eaton on April 26, 2014 at 10:01 AM

If Ridge was really a patriot, he wouldn’t have just bailed, he would have loudly blown the whistle and openly denounced the exact things that frightened him. He would have made an attempt to actually warn the country. Instead, he’s just in personal CYA mode.

He must have seen some really scary sh!t in Bloomberg’s plans.

bofh on April 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Bloomberg is involved in, given that he’s on an all out crusade

Just once I would like to read or hear about one of these far lefties losing everything because of their asinine crusades.

Take your pick: Soros, Bloomberg, I don’t care.

/schadenfreude-a-licious rant

Vero Beach Florida on April 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

“When I signed on as an advisor to Everytown, I looked forward to a thoughtful and provocative discussion about the toll gun violence takes on Americans,” Ridge told The Daily Caller in a statement, through a spokesman.

I always felt that you were mentally challenged, thanks for confirming it.

Oldnuke on April 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Anyone not bright enough to figure Bloomberg out by now isn’t smart enough to cashier at 7-11.

jpmn on April 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Gee Ridge, a typical Bush Republican. Notice that Bloomberg became a Republican in the Bush years also. Goodbye America, hello amnesty third world America!

seingram12 on April 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

The fact that Gov. Ridge got into bed with this bevy of moonbats should tell you everything you need to know about him. Maybe Tom smelled a big paycheck at the expense of our constitutional rights.

Philly on April 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM

What’s ironic about Bloomberg is he shows how hypocritical the Democrats are money in politics. It’s only Republican money that’s dirty but, when it’s their donors, it’s all good. I saw some of Bloomberg’s speech starting this off and he lied. He started talking like he was going for reasonable reforms but, when he says he’s not after your guns, based on experience, yes he is. I can’t imagine him being able to come up with anything that will work, based on his lies and his real agenda.

Saw a cute NRA posting, 1 man with one million dollars or 5 million citizens with 25 dollar donations. It’s like don’t despair it’s going to take more than one man’s money. The problem with people like Bloomberg is they just can’t be trusted to be honest brokers with the truth.

bflat879 on April 26, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Some excellent posts.

I truly fail to understand why Repubs keep falling for this “bipartisan” bait. Every time they do, it proves to be a trap by the Dem-progs. The Dem-progs are no more interested in compromise and bipartisanship than a snake in the grass.

Bloomberg is that which the AntiFederalists warned us about. Their counterarguments to the ideas of the Federalists were not only warranted, they were prophetic. The concentration of law making powers, law enforcement powers, and law interpretation powers into a single institution attracts statists and wannabe authoritarians who want to use the force of law to coerce people into submission to the state. The Federalists tried to argue that this would not happen. CLEARLY they were wrong. The only reason why we have a Second Amendment is that the Federalists reluctantly agreed to add a Bill of Rights in order to placate the Anti-Federalist. Had they not made this addition to the Constitution, it never would have been ratified.

Interesting AIFromBayShore. I’ll have to look into that more but it makes sense.

Chuck Ef on April 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM

“After consultation with Everytown, I have decided that I am uncomfortable with their expected electoral work,” Ridge said.

Well, it took me a while since it was a bit more complicated than I expected but here’s a question for Bloomberg (and the IRS) that ought to be pursued.

First off, electoral work sounds very much like an activity that would be prohibited by holding a tax exempt status card from the Federal government.

The IRS Charities website doesn’t have a record for “Everytown ….”. As far as I could find, the IRS site doesn’t have a record for “Mayors Against ….”, either.

However, the Everytown for Gun Safety website explains in “Who We Are” that,

In 2013, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America came together to tackle our shared goals. We’ve combined the best minds in policy-making with a grassroots movement of more than a million and a half motivated members.

It’s possible that this could mean something other than the two organizations merged, I do not know. What I do know is that there is a “Moms Demand Awareness for Gun Sense in America”, which I’m thinking is the very same organization as MDA(ction)FGSIA and does have a record at the IRS and does hold a Public Charity card that provide a 50% deduction for donations.

So, at the very least, MDAFGSIA should be looked at for losing it’s PC Card because of their coordinating and conspiring to do elecoral work in violation of IRS rules.

Moreso, Everytown for Gun Safety, should be looked at to see if, by it organizational paperwork, it is using MDAFGSIA’s PC Card via incorporation, grandfather-like. Now the E(t)FGS, doesn’t explicitly state it has a 50% tax deduction exemption on their Website donation page, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t notify donors of it on a page announcing a donation complete.

I do not know what the limits are for that “charitable’ deduction but if there are none, getting a $25M deduction on a $50M donation would be quite the temptation to finagle acquiring a PC card via a back door for Everytown for Gun Safety. Then again, Mayor Bloomberg is as honest as the day is long so I’m probably just plain wrong in wondering about this.

Dusty on April 26, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Well, it took me a while since it was a bit more complicated than I expected but here’s a question for Bloomberg (and the IRS) that ought to be pursued.

First off, electoral work sounds very much like an activity that would be prohibited by holding a tax exempt status card from the Federal government.

It took you longer to type that post than it’ll take the entire Federal govt. to do it’s investigation and determine that everything is Ok and not a smidgeon of corruption exists. OH! And they’ll probably determine that you are a racist homophope who hates women. Then the IRS will audit you.

Oldnuke on April 26, 2014 at 10:53 AM

So ….. WHY … were you ever associated with them TO BEGIN WITH ? ! !
.
As someone who voted for you … TWICE … I believe an explanation is in order, Mr Governor.
.
Taking a big, DEEP breathe now, and holding it, in anticipation of your response.

listens2glenn on April 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

. . . . . Well, it took me a while since it was a bit more complicated than I expected but here’s a question for Bloomberg (and the IRS) that ought to be pursued.

Dusty on April 26, 2014 at 10:38 AM

.
First off, electoral work sounds very much like an activity that would be prohibited by holding a tax exempt status card from the Federal government.

It took you longer to type that post than it’ll take the entire Federal govt. to do it’s investigation and determine that everything is Ok and not a smidgeon of corruption exists. OH! And they’ll probably determine that you are a racist homophope who hates women. Then the IRS will audit you.

Oldnuke on April 26, 2014 at 10:53 AM

.
Cynic ! . . . . . . . . (yeah, I know … me too)

listens2glenn on April 26, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Scruples.

Whoda thunk.

formwiz on April 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

If Ridge was really a patriot, he wouldn’t have just bailed, he would have loudly blown the whistle and openly denounced the exact things that frightened him. He would have made an attempt to actually warn the country. Instead, he’s just in personal CYA mode.

He must have seen some really scary sh!t in Bloomberg’s plans.

bofh on April 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Yes. He would have shown us documentation of it too.

slickwillie2001 on April 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

I have no problem talking about the entire swath of gun issues, but how about NOT starting with “All guns are bad and every gun owner is a murderer in waiting”.

Bishop on April 26, 2014 at 11:18 AM

He must have seen some really scary sh!t in Bloomberg’s plans.

bofh on April 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

.
Yes. He would have shown us documentation of it too.

slickwillie2001 on April 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

.
I suppose it could … be forthcoming, eventually.
.
I’ll take another “big, deep breath” . . . . . . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on April 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

there is a “Moms Demand Awareness for Gun Sense in America”

MDAGSA

Not exactly a handy acronym.

Bishop on April 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Unfortunately for Bloomberg, even Ridge was able to quickly see where that particular trail was heading. There is no open discussion with these groups… just a running, well funded propaganda campaign to ban guns.

Sorry, I gotta disagree with this. It is entirely unreasonable to think that Bloomberg wants to ban guns. Obviously he does not want such an outcome. Rather, he wants to take guns out of the hands of the little people.

Lolo on April 26, 2014 at 11:28 AM

[Oldnuke on April 26, 2014 at 10:53 AM]

Yeah, that thought crossed my mind several times as I did the work. All I’m hoping for is that it gets picked up and, as a result, any possible criminality gets chilled a bit.

Dusty on April 26, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Sorry, I gotta disagree with this. It is entirely unreasonable to think that Bloomberg wants to ban guns. Obviously he does not want such an outcome. Rather, he wants to take guns out of the hands of the little people.

[Lolo on April 26, 2014 at 11:28 AM]

Well, not little people who are employed by government and private elites to protect those same government and private elites. Those little people will be allowed to have a CCW cards.

Dusty on April 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Well, not little people who are employed by government and private elites to protect those same government and private elites. Those little people will be allowed to have a CCW cards.

Dusty on April 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Yes, exactly. That’s more accurate.

It’s a HUGE mistake to characterize what Bloomberg is doing as an effort to ban guns. That’s simply not the case, and demonstrably untrue.

Lolo on April 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Now we know. Ridge wants to ban all guns from people AND AND he’s an AMNESTY shill for Illegal Aliens. Don’t forget that. Those two issues are inseparable with RINOS and LIBERALS….

Realdemocrat1 on April 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM

The fact that Gov. Ridge got into bed with this bevy of moonbats should tell you everything you need to know about him. Maybe Tom smelled a big paycheck at the expense of our constitutional rights.

Philly on April 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Amen!

tomshup on April 26, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Unfortunately for Bloomberg, even Ridge was able to quickly see where that particular trail was heading.

Quickly?

Quickly?

This word does not mean what you think it means.

chimney sweep on April 26, 2014 at 12:46 PM

AlFromBayShore on April 26, 2014 at 9:20 AM

+1

Well said, Al …

ShainS on April 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Quickly?

Quickly?

This word does not mean what you think it means.

chimney sweep on April 26, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Heh. Good catch …

ShainS on April 26, 2014 at 12:57 PM

“Rational,” Jazz, not “rationale.”

greggriffith on April 26, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Tom Ridge was used goods before this. How much you wanna bet he is looking at running for president?

TinFin on April 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Tom Ridge is the Pennsylvania governor who stopped inspecting abortion clinics. Never forget that. There’s a guy who’s doing life for 3 proven murders (and only God knows how many others.)

I don’t give a rat’s @ss about him.

rbj on April 26, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Thanks for bringing this up. Tom Ridge enabled one of the most sadistic, evil mass-murderers in American history.

As far as I am concerned, he is stained with that regardless of what he may or may not do now or in the future.

Alex1234 on April 26, 2014 at 3:44 PM

meh. ridge simply say too many friends on Bloomy’s ‘hitlist’.

socalcon on April 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Some excellent posts.

I truly fail to understand why Repubs keep falling for this “bipartisan” bait. Every time they do, it proves to be a trap by the Dem-progs. The Dem-progs are no more interested in compromise and bipartisanship than a snake in the grass.

Bloomberg is that which the AntiFederalists warned us about. Their counterarguments to the ideas of the Federalists were not only warranted, they were prophetic. The concentration of law making powers, law enforcement powers, and law interpretation powers into a single institution attracts statists and wannabe authoritarians who want to use the force of law to coerce people into submission to the state. The Federalists tried to argue that this would not happen. CLEARLY they were wrong. The only reason why we have a Second Amendment is that the Federalists reluctantly agreed to add a Bill of Rights in order to placate the Anti-Federalist. Had they not made this addition to the Constitution, it never would have been ratified.

Interesting AIFromBayShore. I’ll have to look into that more but it makes sense.

Chuck Ef on April 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM

“Centinel’s objections to the Constitution and his predictions for the future of the Republic stand up well, especially in contrast to Hamilton’s comical reassurances in The Federalist Papers that the new government would be a model of restraint, modesty, and frugality. Subsequent experience with Leviathan has proven Centinel and his fellow Antifederalists correct on a number of counts. He warned with penetrating foresight about the very features of the Constitution that we have come to regret by sad experience: the ambiguous “necessary and proper” and “general welfare” clauses as windows to limitless federal power; the imperial tendencies of a standing army; the bottomless pit that the federal Congress’s power of taxation has become; and, above all, the “melting down” of the state legislatures and courts into meaningless and redundant entities, hopelessly inadequate bulwarks against national encroachment and consolidation…

Centinel was on the losing side of American history, but his essays force the modern reader to confront uncomfortable questions about the meaning of the founding. Did the Constitution preserve the name and form of the Republic while subverting its character? Did the design of the Constitution itself slowly but inexorably transform the United States into the bloated empire that Centinel predicted? Was the Constitution of 1787, even with the addition of a Bill of Rights, fatally flawed? The Antifederalists would not be the least surprised by the vastly changed condition of the United States two centuries later.”

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/the-letters-of-centinel-attacks-on-the-us-constitution-1787-1788-by-samuel-bryan-edited-and-introduced-by-warren-hope

ebrown2 on April 26, 2014 at 7:02 PM