NRA Claims That Mayors Against Illegal Guns is A Front Group for Anti-Gun Extremist Mayor Bloomberg

NRA Claims That Mayors Against Illegal Guns is A Front Group for Anti-Gun Extremist Mayor Bloomberg

Those are strong words from the NRA, but it appears there might be some truth to them. The NRA claims that Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) has stated and done the following (this comes from a recent effort to wake up the folks in Homestead Florida who are considering working with the MAIG group):

. . . “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” (MAIG) is just a front group for anti-gun extremist New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, founded and funded by him, to promote his radical anti-gun ideas throughout the nation.

Does Homestead really want to work with a national gun ban group that:

Memorialized Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlane Tsarnaev, cop killer Christopher Dorner and other cold-blooded killers as “victims of gun violence” in its “No More Names” campaign.

Uses taxpayer dollars to work against your constitutionally protected Second Amendment rights – despite founder Bloomberg’s vast personal wealth.

Has suffered blows to its credibility so severe that mayors across the country are leaving the out-of-touch billionaire’s group in droves.

Considers your Second Amendment rights an “outrage.”

Has an oddly large number of mayors charged with or convicted of everything from bribery and extortion to sexual assault (to name only a few). . . .

If you click through and read the article on the NRA site, you will find links providing some support for the NRA’s claims.

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Mayors Against Illegal Guns – How Effective Are They?

Mayors Against Illegal Guns – How Effective Are They?

The MAIG group’s mission, according to their web site is:

Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a national, bipartisan coalition of mayors working to make America’s communities safer by keeping illegal guns out of dangerous hands. Co-founded in 2006 by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, the coalition has grown from a committed group of 15 members to more than 1,000 mayors from 46 states, including Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, from major cities and small towns around the country.

It appears that their research and gun violence statistics might be incorrect in a couple of areas. John Lott points out the MAIG includes the following in their gun violence numbers:

. . . they list all cases where a police officer or civilian fatally shot a criminal as victims. They also listed all suicides as victims of gun violence, completely oblivious to the fact that research shows that these individuals would have committed suicide some other way. It might also be nice to differentiate gang shootings from other deaths. . .

Read more at John Lott’s site.

Why would they include criminals who were shot by civilians or police officers in their numbers? They also include suicides, and as Lott mentions, folks committing suicide can find alternative ways to do so, whether or not they have a gun. Another area that Lott mentions with regard to the MAIG gun violence research and numbers is not differentiating gang shootings.

I can only imagine that those additional deaths will inflate their numbers and skew their results. How unfortunate for the general public who often rely on these organizations to protect them. Make sure you get a second opinion with regard to the gun violence numbers that are used, as John Lott does.

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