Mayors Jumping Ship From “Mayors Agains Illegal Guns” Following Scandals and Organization’s Overreach
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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.
Now, according to a report on Buzz Feed, numerous mayors are abandoning the organization, and new mayors are more hestitant to join the group than in the past.
According to Buzz Feed,
According to an old version of its member list, saved on a blog dated back to late February, more than 50 mayors who were then listed on MAIG’s website are no longer there. Most of the mayors whose names are no longer affiliated with the group are off the list either because they resigned or lost an election, but others have specifically asked to be removed.
BuzzFeed reached out to dozens of the replacement mayors and none of them would confirm if they planned to join the group or if they were even considering it.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns Director Mark Glaze brushed the issue off. Glaze said the group stays up to date with its mayors who leave office so they can send a letter to the newly elected mayor to try and get them on board, which he said is a process that can take a little while. Glaze said they try not to push new mayors too hard to join as they settle in to office.
At least two mayors, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau of Nashua, NH and the mayor of Rockford, Illinois, Larry Morrissey, left the group earlier this year due to the overreaching and ever expanding anti-gun efforts of the group. Many mayors thought the group’s primary purpose was to keep guns away from criminals, but as the group began to lobby for bans on certain types of weapons, magazine capacity limits and further gun legislation, it has become clear that Michael Bloomberg is using the group to spread his personal, anti-gun politics to other areas of the country.