New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially launched a moving billboard campaign last week in an effort to advocate for stricter gun laws in the United States. The promotional truck, which is equipped with a running tally of gun-related deaths in America since the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz.., is slated to appear in at least 25 States.
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), a nonprofit group that aims to protect 2nd Amendment rights, has called the billboard campaign misleading. The organization's chairman, Alan Gottlieb, said that the Mayors Against Illegal Guns' statistic that 34 Americans are "murdered with guns every day" is a scare tactic that fails to tell the whole story.
Gottlieb estimated that up to 2.5 million American lives are saved every year because of legal firearm ownership, and a majority of these incidents result in no shots being fired. Citing FBI data, he revealed that more than 6.2 million private citizens are legally carrying guns in more than 40 States. Meanwhile, violent crime has decreased in the U.S. as the number of gun-owners has increased.
"If Bloomberg was really interested in public safety rather than publicity, he would park that truck and take all the money he's spending on the billboard and the fuel, and give it to local gun clubs for firearms safety training and education," said Gottlieb.