John Tkazyik, the mayor of Poughkeepsie, New York, is a lifetime member of the NRA. For a time, he was also a willing member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns – the Michael Bloomberg-founded gun control group that lobbies for legislative action to limit 2nd Amendment rights Nationwide.
Tkazyik ended his relationship with MAIG after coming to a sobering realization: the group isn’t simply trying to keep guns out of the hands of known violent criminals; it’s trying to take them away from law-abiding citizens by relying on fear tactics.
In a Wednesday column in the Poughkeepsie Journal, Tkazyik explained how he came to that conclusion:
I’m the mayor of one of the largest cities in the Hudson Valley, just 90 minutes north of New York City. I’m a life member of the National Rifle Association and a former member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, or MAIG, started by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2006.
I’m no longer a member of MAIG. Why? Just as Ronald Reagan said of the Democratic Party, it left me. And I’m not alone: Nearly 50 pro-Second Amendment mayors have left the organization. They left for the same reason I did. MAIG became a vehicle for Bloomberg to promote his personal gun-control agenda — violating the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and taking resources away from initiatives that could actually work to protect our neighborhoods and save precious lives.
…It did not take long to realize that MAIG’s agenda was much more than ridding felons of illegal guns; that under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intended to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens. I don’t believe, never have believed and never will believe that public safety is enhanced by encroaching on our right to bear arms, and I will not be a part of any organization that does.
Tkazyik also acknowledges, through the tone of his writing, that he understands a fundamental truth Bloomberg’s organization works against every time it illogically argues that a preponderance of firearms makes America less safe – an armed society is a civil society.
That’s an inconvenient truth indeed for a group that must sell a vision of chaos to a public it would seek to disarm.