Mayors Abandoning Bloomberg’s ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ Group

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Mayors who signed on to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s pet gun control group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), are beginning to ditch the organization after learning they attached themselves to an organization with an ambitious gun control agenda that far overreaches its innocent-sounding name.

BuzzFeed Politics reports that more than 50 mayors have dropped their memberships since February – either because they realized they were endorsing gun control or because they were simply voted out of office.

In the case of those who left office, many of their successors have shown reluctance to pick up membership in the controversial group, formed in 2006 with $3 million in funding out of Bloomberg’s personal fortune.

“The original focus, I thought, was going to be on focusing on better on enforcement of our existing laws, and if anything, we have talked about not getting involved with things like banning assault weapons and banning magazine clips,” said Rockford, Ill. Mayor Lawrence Morrissey, who was cheered by residents when he announced he was dropping his membership.

Other mayors who’ve dropped said they’ve done so on similar principles, or because they didn’t fully understand the political baggage associated with a group that, rather than standing “against illegal guns,” turned out to be more interested in making guns illegal.

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  • Alan

    Well there’s good news! It’s good to see that they’re finally waking up to the insidious nature of that organization. Now if we can only do away with the diehards.

  • Beverly Golato

    Do any Democrats read the bill or are they all Pelosi clones?

    • John

      All the demodorks are doing is covering their rear ends, because their have been more than ten voted out of office and there are at least 6 in voter recall. They are evil, pure and simple. They shunned God in the democratic convention and their everyday actions are much louder than words.

      • IsThisAmerica

        Speaking of shunning God, do you remember when Obama went to talk at a christian school that they were forced to cover their cross? Think that speaks volumes. He is a liar and a fraud.

        • John

          Did you know that 7000 years ago there were a series of Prophets that told of the coming of the great deceiver and his false deity, the second son of Satan named Allah? They also told of Christ, but the warning of Mohammed and his false god was mentioned by Prophets for more than 1500 years. Why they didn’t put that in the bible is anybodies guess.

        • Len Collings

          And a Muslium.

          • Ted Crawford

            Perhaps, at least in so far as he adheres to any Religion outside of his own Self-Worship!

  • CatGman

    I think those that joined Bloomberg agree with his agenda but did not expect the backlash. They are distancing themselves from Bloomberg simply so they can stay in office.

  • Alan

    Bloomberg has been all about overreach in everything, gun control, food police. etc.

    • Ted Crawford

      Bloomberg is a miserably unhappy moron that is determined to make as many others as possible as miserably unhappy as he is!

  • Ted Crawford

    It might have something to do with the fact that the recall in East California, formerly Colorado, is gathering momentum! If that can happen in that Progressive nursery, it can happen anywhere!