Gun control vs. gun grabbing: The real agenda of Michael Bloomberg's organization "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" (MAIG) is to confiscate all guns.
That is the assessment of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. mayor John Tkazyik who claims that the Bloomberg-founded group really is after legal rather than illegal guns and that's why he is no longer a member.
On its website, MAIG describes itself as "a national, bipartisan coalition of mayors working to make America's communities safer by keeping illegal guns out of dangerous hands."
In an editorial,Tkazyik offered a far different view of the organization which was launched by the former NYC mayor:
...MAIG became a vehicle for Bloomberg to promote his personal gun-control agenda -- violating the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and taking resources away from initiatives that could actually work to protect our neighborhoods and save precious lives. Gun control will actually make a bad situation worse... It did not take long to realize that MAIG's agenda was much more than ridding felons of illegal guns; that under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intended to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens. I don't believe, never have believed and never will believe that public safety is enhanced by encroaching on our right to bear arms, and I will not be a part of any organization that does..."
Several MAIG mayors have themselves had run-ins with the law, including at least one in connection with alleged gun charges.
As mayor of New York for 12 years, Michael Bloomberg was surrounded with armed NYPD bodyguards at all times. Given his immense wealth, he likely now has private security protecting him.
Gun rights supporters, including many non-gun owners who respect the Second Amendment, have long maintained that law-abiding cities are the targets, as it were, of gun control laws and regulations. They argue that criminal wrongdoers by definition engage in lawbreaking, which includes ignoring and/or circumventing additional gun control measures.
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