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Saturday, October 22, 2016

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is escalating his push for new gun safety laws, as popular measures such as universal background checks for gun buyers and an assault weapons ban appear to be stalling in Congress.

Mayor Bloomberg — who co-chairs Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and founded Independence USA PAC to serve as a political counterweight to the National Rifle Association — warned during a Sunday morning appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press that there would be political consequences for those who oppose reforming gun laws.

“If 90 percent of the public want something, and their representatives vote against that, common sense says they are going to have a price to pay for that,” Bloomberg told host David Gregory in response to a question on background checks. “The public is going to eventually wake up and say, ‘I want to put in office somebody that will do the things that I think are necessary for this country.’ That’s what democracy is all about.”

Bloomberg acknowledged that the assault weapons ban would be a tougher sell, saying “I don’t think we should give up on the assault weapons ban, but clearly it is a more difficult issue for a lot of people.” Still, he pledged to do everything possible to reduce gun violence.

“If I can do that by spending some money, and taking the NRA from being the only voice to being one of the voices, so the public can really understand the issues, then I think my money will be well spent and I think I have an obligation to do that,” Bloomberg said.

On Monday, Mayors Against Illegal Guns stepped up that spending. The group launched a $12 million ad buy pushing senators to vote for universal background checks.

According to PBS Newshour, the ads will target senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Dan Coats (R-IN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Dean Heller (R-NV), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Pat Toomey (R-PA).

Greg Sargent reports that three of Bloomberg’s targets — Donnelly, Hagan, and Heitkamp — have signaled that they are open to a deal on background checks. While their support would be a huge positive for reform advocates like Bloomberg, it may not be enough; unless a few Republicans can be persuaded to support the measure, then it will likely die on the vine — despite being supported by the overwhelming majority of the public.

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  • At this point, I don’t care if Bloomberg wins. I just want LaPierre’s butt handed to him! What an arrogant liar!

    • idamag

      General McCrystal talked about gun control on television. He said the assault rifle used at Sandy Hook would destroy a man’s head at 1000 yards. The paranoids can visualize black helicopters coming for their assault rifles, but they cannot visualize what a little body shot many times looks like. One child was shot 17 times. Those parents did not bury bodies, they buried body parts.

  • Lobbyists for Monsanto and others in the biotech industry have snuck a “poison bill” into a huge spending bill. Regrettably, the larger bill has been approved by Congress. Only the president of the United States can stop it from becoming law.
    Section 735, the Monsanto Protection Act, is a small provision snuck into a 841 page “appropriations bill for the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and other departments and agencies for the fiscal year 2013”.
    This sneaky provision strips judges of their constitutional mandate to protect
    American’s health and the environment.

  • leadvillexp

    Bloomberg should take care of the business in his own city, the rest of us in New York don’t need a nanny. This is the man who tells you how much to drink, what to eat, what your food should be served in and what guns to own. He runs Mayors Against Illegal Guns, don’t be fooled he wants to make all guns illegal. He and Governor Cuomo will find out in the next election how we feel about dictators. One only has to read the New York State budget to see how far the Governor has gone to insure his reelection. He did most of it behind closed doors. The Second Amendment was written to protect us from people like this. This is all a smoke screen so they can keep power. I hope the voters in New York are smart enough to see through this.

  • For decades – the NRA and gun peddlers have padded the campaign chests of our politicians in order to have their (not , by any means, the majority of American peoples’) way. You think that’s not dictatorship? You don’t know what dictatorship is; you have the right, and the ability – with no guarantee that others will agree – to use legal mechanisms to protest (as you are doing,) resist, or depose your leaders in any way.