Fargo Mayor, Member of Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, Snubs Bloomberg’s Anti Gun Event in ND
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Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, the anti-gun group ran and funded by New York City Michael Bloomberg takes yet another hit in 2013.
The group is currently doing a cross country bus tour to promote an anti-gun agenda. The next stop, Fargo, ND, where Mayor Dennis Walaker is ND’s only member of the group of mayors.
However, Walaker won’t be at the event, which is a pretty big snub to the organization.
According to SFGate,
“I’ve never resigned, but I’m not an active member either. So I don’t plan on attending,” Walaker told The Forum newspaper…
…Walaker said he has been distancing himself from the group because he doesn’t want to get involved in big-city politics that have little to do with Fargo.
“I can understand the problems in the big cities. I can understand Boston and New York City,” he said. “But is it a problem here in North Dakota? I don’t think so.”
This is just the most recent of a number of setbacks involving the group. We’ve reported on numerous scandals plaguing Mayors Against Illegal Guns in recent weeks.
Earlier this year, the group took heat for including the names of criminals, notably one of the Boston Bombing suspects, in a list of “victims of gun violence”.
The group has also been in hot water for using New York City’s taxpayer funded resources in its lobbying efforts. Including hosting its websites on city web servers and using city paid employees for lobbying efforts in other states and at the national level.
The group has also had poor turnout at stops on its anti-gun bus tour, with pro gun protestors often outnumbering the anti-gun protestors.
Earlier this week is was reported that over 50 mayors have left the group recently, and recruiting efforts of newly elected mayors are falling flat.