Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a known gun control advocate, and has built a national platform to stem the flow of illegal guns into cities and towns. The group he co-founded in 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has grown from 15 to 526 mayors. Its success has raised the ire of gun rights groups, most notably the National Rifle Association.
The showdown between the NRA and Mayors Against Illegal Guns is playing out across the country: in blogs, on the editorial pages of newspapers, and at countless gun clubs.
Now there's a number I hadn't seen before. I've been reading 450 and dropping. Now after some losses the count is 526.
Mayors who decide to leave the MAIG generally do so as a result of pressure from the NRA. When too many of their voters express the NRA opinion, some mayors decide to get out. It's politics. Some don't give in to those threats and bullying tactics.
Mayor Barnett is referring to the NRA claim that Bloomberg plans to take more and more rights away until gun rights all but disappear in America. It's a fear tactic that Barnett says is untrue. But I can attest to the fact that it is extremely diffuse on the internet. The pro-gun crowd is nothing if not united all singing the same tune, or is that barking in unison like so many Pavlov's dogs.
Bill Barnett is the mayor of Naples, Fla. - and a gun owner - and says he received nearly a hundred emails and angry phone calls from people who'd gotten the NRA mailer. He says the mailer distorts the coalition's goals: "It amazed me that someone would read the postcard and it was almost like Pavlov's dogs, that they would say, if they said this is the truth, then this must be the truth."
And Barnett says he's staying in the mayors coalition.
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