Buzzfeed: Bloomberg anti-gun group lost 50 mayors this year

posted at 2:41 pm on July 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

What sells in New York City doesn’t sell well across the rest of the United States, according to Buzzfeed’s Jacob Fischler — or perhaps Michael Bloomberg simply sold a bill of goods in the first place.  After rising to prominence last December in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has lost critical resources over the last few months … mayors:

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is finding it hard to keep its membership up, thanks to dozens of resignations and lost elections over the last few months.

Worse for Bloomberg, who has become one of the faces of the gun control movement: the people replacing his lost comrades aren’t particularly eager to sign up with the organization, a rare group battling in the trenches against the well-organized and deep-pocketed National Rifle Association. Some appear not quite to have signed on for that level of political heat.

Part of this can be chalked up to incompetence.  MAIG proclaimed a list of gun victims in order to score political points, only to find that they had included perpetrators of gun violence as victims such as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber killed in a firefight with police a few days later — when his brother ran over him with the getaway vehicle.  It also included Christopher Dorner, the rogue ex-cop on a murder spree whose name had been in the news a couple of times and who ended up committing suicide.

As if MAIG wasn’t already shooting itself in the foot in its public relations, its curious web-hosting arrangement came to light.  Bloomberg, who has billions of dollars in wealth, had Big Apple taxpayers footing the bill for his anti-gun crusade.  Given MAIG’s efforts to attack officeholders for their votes, the decision to host the site on city government servers, the cheap attempt to shrug off its own costs made MAIG seem not just incompetent at PR but possibly at following the law, too.

Mostly, though, mayors have dropped out because they felt duped about the purpose of the group:

“The original focus, I thought, was going to be on focusing on better on enforcement of our existing laws, and if anything, we have talked about not getting involved with things like banning assault weapons and banning magazine clips,” said Rockford, Il. Mayor Lawrence Morrissey, who left the group in June because, he said at a town hall meeting, the group had veered from what he originally thought it was about. …

Nashua, N.H. mayor Donnalee Lozeau removed her name from the MAIG website when the group released an attack ad, which claimed that Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), who voted against the failed Manchin-Toomey gun legislation, was misleading voters when she claimed to have supported background checks in the past.

“I simply cannot be part of an organization that chooses this course of action instead of cooperatively working with those that have proven over a lifetime of work their true intentions,” Lozeau said in a statement to Nashua’s the Telegraph. “I have faith that Senator Ayotte will continue to work toward finding a responsible solution relative to these issues.”

With that in mind, it’s not difficult to see why new mayors won’t sign up for MAIG’s membership list, especially those that replace mayors bounced out of office with that on their resumé.


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Shooting themselves in the foot?

In the brains, heh.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2013 at 2:42 PM

And nothing of value was lost.

nobar on July 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

D’OH!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 22, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Whatever happened to Bloomie using hundreds of thousands of $$$ of NYC resources for the website?

faraway on July 22, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Ha Ha!

-Nelson

22044 on July 22, 2013 at 2:47 PM

They just forgot to get their cities to pay their hosting fees.

mankai on July 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

… The original focus, I thought …

Blah, blah, blah, LOL. EVERY idiot mayor who joined Bloomberg’s gun-grab club knew that it was a gun-grab club.

Pork-Chop on July 22, 2013 at 2:52 PM

MAIGots

Bitter Clinger on July 22, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Buzzfeed: Bloomberg anti-gun group lost 50 mayors this year

Buzzkill.

Well, at least I can have a 32 ounce Slurpee.

Chris of Rights on July 22, 2013 at 2:55 PM

They didn’t like that Bloomberg forced everyone to wear flats while he wore platform shoes.

Bishop on July 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Interesting how the Mayor’s net worth has doubled since he took office, yet everything he does falls to crap.

Hmm… I wonder what kind of phenom causes a billionaire to become richer while fumbling everything and anything he touches… could it be blackmail and extortion from his financial empire?

Odie1941 on July 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Next: Salt shakers on tables.

a capella on July 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM

I hate dictators and wannabe dictators.

rbj on July 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM

My mayor is too dumb to resign from this group. So we will vote her out of office.

meci on July 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Shooting themselves in the foot?

Yep, just like the anti-gun Colorado pols…let the purging commence!

Liberty or Death on July 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

In the brains, heh.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Uh, um, wouldn’t they have to have a brain to shoot in the first place? Head full of rocks is more like it, watch out for ricochets!

Liberty or Death on July 22, 2013 at 3:05 PM

In the brains, heh.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2013 at 2:42 PM

And nothing of value was lost.

nobar on July 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

They must have been extraordinary marksmen to hit that small a target.

Southern by choice22 on July 22, 2013 at 3:08 PM

a rare group battling in the trenches against the well-organized and deep-pocketed National Rifle Association.

There is the big lie again. The NRA gets 99% of it’s money from members. There is no “deep pockets” Boogey man the Left’s is fighting against, they are fighting against normal law abiding people who would like to keep their Constitutional Rights.

Johnnyreb on July 22, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Dear Mayor Bloomberg:

Have you disarmed your Executive Protection detail yet? Have you replaced those nasty Glock semi-auto pistols & H&K sub-guns with, say Tasers or PR-24s?

No? Didn’t think so.

Hugs and Kisses,

A well informed (armed) Ex-NYC resident.

BlaxPac on July 22, 2013 at 3:11 PM

The problem with this Mayor thing is who gives a crap. A small city, about 35000 people, near me had a Mayor that was part of this group. Who gives a crap about the opinions of the Mayor from a city that pretty much only the residents know of. This whole thing was an excuse for the Mayors to go partying on the tax payers dime and nothing more. To top it off that small city had a murder about 5 or 6 years ago and it was a lover getting revenge with a knife.

Dr. Frank Enstine on July 22, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Next: Salt shakers on tables.

a capella on July 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Whoa, buddy, slow down. Let’s not get crazy here.

You must be one of the TEA Party anarchist types.

mankai on July 22, 2013 at 3:21 PM

SHALL

NOT

BE

INFRINGED

.. JACKASSES!!

TX-96 on July 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM

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Kate has been “safely delivered” of a son at 4:24 PM” the baby weighs 8lb and 6oz

canopfor on July 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Its is so humorous that they are describing the NRA as deep-pocketed. Do these people even proofread their articles? Or do they truly believe that Bloomy is just a poor, well intentioned man fighting Goliath?

royalist moderator
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Kate has been “safely delivered” of a son at 4:24 PM” the baby weighs 8lb and 6oz

canopfor on July 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Sorry, just can’t get excited about another future King being born. I’m glad everyone is OK, but that’s as far as it goes. The only King I recognize was crucified almost 2000 years ago and He still reigns.

yesiamapirate on July 22, 2013 at 3:48 PM

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royalist moderator
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Kate has been “safely delivered” of a son at 4:24 PM” the baby weighs 8lb and 6oz

canopfor on July 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM

8 lbs 6 oz?

Quick! Get Michelle Obama over there to deal with this childhood obesity epidemic!

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 22, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Shooting themselves in the foot?

Well, there’s the problem. They shot a critical body part.
Should have shot themselves in the head instead.

Marcola on July 22, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Well, there’s the problem. They shot a critical body part.
Should have shot themselves in the head instead.

Marcola on July 22, 2013 at 4:14 PM

At the last place I worked I had a poster in my office. It was simple instructions on solving any problem.

1. Open mouth
2. Insert barrel.
3. Pull trigger.

Another one was “Liberals play Russian Roulette whit a semi-automatic. I had to take that down because I got tired of explaining what a semi-automatic was to people.

I had two more which were very popular with people.
I don’t drink to forget. It just helps me not mind remembering.

The other
Space Aliens have control of my mind. It’s the only reasonable explanation as to why I work here.

Dr. Frank Enstine on July 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Michael Bloomberg has a net worth of $27 Billion, but the NRA is “deep pocketed”?

No double standard to see here, move along.

Socratease on July 22, 2013 at 4:31 PM

too bad Mikey’s BILLIONS can’t buy elections.

GarandFan on July 22, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Shooting themselves in the foot?

They’re shooting low. They need to aim higher.

VorDaj on July 22, 2013 at 6:02 PM

The very title of Bloomberg’s group is a lie. Bloomberg is not against illegal guns. He wants every gun to be illegal, therefore he is in favor of illegal guns … because those are the kind he can confiscate.

njcommuter on July 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

and banning magazine clips,” said Rockford, Il. Mayor Lawrence Morrissey

1) Please explain to me what part of a gun is a “magazine clip”? I’ve never heard of such a thing. A Glock uses a magazine. A M1 Garand uses a clip. Two completely different things. I don’t mean to be OCD about this. It is just that if a politician is about to take a machete to my civil rights (or even try and talk about it), it would juuuust be like, real cool if they knew what the f**k they were talking about.

2) If, perchance they were talking about a delivery system for providing ammunition to a firearm, banning such a thing would turn the firearm into basically a useless hollow metal tube. Just try doing that nonsense at your peril.

kurtzz3 on July 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Update at Buzzfeed:

Correction: The membership list BuzzFeed used for this story was from early February; an earlier version of this article misstated the time period. The article has also been updated to reiterate the fact that Mayors Against Illegal Guns is gaining more members than it’s losing.

clancy_wiggum on July 23, 2013 at 1:49 AM