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Monday, January 07, 2008

'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' can't get anyone to notice them

Mayor Bloomberg's coalition of "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" sent a survey to the presidential candidates in early December, asking the candidates' positions on several citizen disarmament issues these mayors hold dear. The response from the candidates has been a bit less than the mayors had probably hoped for.

The Republican and Democratic candidates running for president have largely ignored Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun questionnaire despite his stated desire to influence the national debate on the topic.

None answered the questionnaire that Bloomberg's anti-gun coalition released on Dec. 9 and paid $22,200 to publicize last week in full page newspaper ads in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Bloomberg spokesman Jason Post said no candidate responded by the Jan. 2 deadline; one asked for an extension, so the new deadline is Jan. 14. Post declined to say which candidate wanted more time.
Perhaps we shouldn't vote for anyone for president.

That can't sit well with citizen disarmament advocates. With even former stalwarts of their movement trying (poorly) to make nice with the gun rights movement (hear of any presidential candidates appearing at a Brady Campaign event?)--and don't forget Hillary knocking Obama for being unelectable by virtue of being too anti-gun--citizen disarmament just doesn't seem to be a platform on which anyone wants to stand.

By the way, looking at the survey the mayors sent shows just how out of touch they are. Some of the questions (and the presumably "right" answers) are just plain scary. A sampling, with my comments interjected:
Microstamping: In September 2007, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation to require that all new models of guns manufactured or sold in California include “microstamping” technology starting in 2010. . . . Do you support legislation that would require new firearms sold in the United States to include microstamping technology?
Great--let's spread California-style tyranny across the entire country
Illegal Traffickers: Do you support increasing the maximum penalty for illegal gun trafficking crimes from 10 years to 20 years [relating to penalties under 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(d), 924(g), 924(h), and 924(n), consistent with provisions of S.77 (110th Congress)]?
S. 77--wonderful
“Terror Gap”: Six years after 9/11, the federal government lacks the authority to prevent gun sales to suspects on terror watch lists. . . . As president, would you support passage of legislation to close this Terror Gap in federal laws?
Don't even get me started on S. 1237
Secure Identification for Gun Purchases: In 2013, the federal “Real ID Act” will go into full effect. In order to get into a federal building or to get on a commercial airplane, all persons will have to show secure identification that is compliant with the Real ID Act. . . . Do you support a change in federal law to require that gun purchasers show Real ID-compliant identification by 2013?
Real ID--I should have figured these authority freaks would be all over that one

And that's just the "highlights."

No wonder even the presidential candidates who are obviously no supporters of gun ownership want nothing to do with these loons.


Anonymous said...

Speaking of the Real ID act, I think it would be interesting to hear from people as to how they expect to respond. Cave in and get your stock animal tattoo, or decide to live without ID, no drivers' license,etc. There will be many penalties for not succumbing to this tyranny.

I know what I will do, but I would like to hear about others' ideas without any influence of mine from the get go, as insubstantial as that might be.

Anonymous said...

This "coalition" of "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" was founded on 25 April 2006.

It would be appropriate to mention that this coalition was funded, at least in part, by....guess who....

....the Joyce Foundation.


2006 - Mayors Fund to Advance New York City, New York, NY
Amount: $175,000.00
Length: 1 year
"To organize a coalition of mayors from around the country to promote national, state, and local policies, litigation, and law enforcement strategies aimed at reducing the flow of illegal guns into cities."

Kurt '45superman' Hofmann said...

Hell, SA--I wish I had a plan. I have a lot of thinking to do about that.

Garand, I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the "coalition" has the Joyce Foundation's filthy paw prints on it. Kind of ironic that anyone would think that any project of Bloomberg's needs more money, of all things.

But remember, it's the big, evil "gun lobby" that uses its vast wealth to control the political process.

me said...

SA, I think there will be more "noise" as he date gets closer...I know a few states have told the feds to piss off. Me, nope, I'll stick with the old one.

As for MAIG, go back to hell. Your REAL ID/papers please idea, please continue to ask questions like that...it will wake people up.