It’s worth checking in with this quickly dwindling activist group of “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” every now and then, many of whom have discovered the group was a tad too much “Mayors Against Law-Abiding Citizens With Legal Guns” for their taste. The group got so much ink for their allegedly reasonable gun-control position post-Newtown, we should occasionally discuss why 50 mayors have left the group, including the mayor of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Via The Free Beacon, here’s Mayor John Tkazyik:

I’m the mayor of one of the largest cities in the Hudson Valley, just 90 minutes north of New York City. I’m a life member of the National Rifle Association and a former member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, or MAIG, started by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2006.

I’m no longer a member of MAIG. Why? Just as Ronald Reagan said of the Democratic Party, it left me. And I’m not alone: Nearly 50 pro-Second Amendment mayors have left the organization. They left for the same reason I did. 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. […]

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.

Buzzfeed has reported on MAIG’s falling numbers before.

As Jazz Shaw has pointed out, the group’s leadership is likely to get worse, not better.