EXCLUSIVE: Magical Misery Tour

That New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, principal stakeholder in Mayors Against Illegal [read “Your”] Guns, was expecting a bumpy ride for his 25-state, 100-day “No More Names” bus tour was evident from the start. Rather than post an itinerary with stops, dates and times, the project’s website required interested parties to provide contact information in order to “Get the latest updates about the tour [and] be the first to know when it’s coming to your town.”

Their obvious intent was minimize the chances of gun rights supporters having time to organize spotlight-stealing counter-demonstrations to piggyback off Hizzoner’s investment and get media play for their talking points, too. Not that much organizing has been needed to counter the “crowds” the tour has managed to attract to date, where closely-cropped publicity photos mask the pathetically sparse attendance.

“I was in Raleigh … giving a talk to Grassroots North Carolina,” economist and author John Lott wrote on his blog. “Apparently just that day MAIG was having their bus tour in Raleigh and … the GRNC was able to get more people at the event than could MAIG.”

This was but one of many Bloomberg embarrassments. At its stop a few days earlier in N.H., while reading off their list of “victims of gun violence,” the group called out the name of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

“He’s a terrorist!” the Union Leader reported several protestors shouting back, objecting that someone killed in a gunfight with police would be used to justify citizen disarmament. And Tsarnaev wasn’t the only problematic inclusion.

“A preliminary analysis of the list of shooting ‘victims’ … finds that one in 12 are crime suspects killed by police or armed citizens acting in self-defense,” the Washington Examiner reported. “The review of 617 killings found that 50 were suspects in crimes ranging from assault to murder…”

If that weren’t enough, Bloomberg’s group suffered from two highly-publicized defections.

“The mayors of Rockford, Ill., and Nashua, N.H., have decided to leave Mayors Against Illegal Gun,” U.S. News & World Report noted. “Independent Mayor Lawrence Morrissey … and Republican Mayor Donnalee Lozeau … both said the group’s name is misleading.”

Compounding ethical lapses were media reports that New York City servers were being used to host the MAIG website, that city employees were being used to administer it, and that city staffers were being sent out of state to lobby on its behalf.

The Second Amendment Foundation, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and “Gun Talk” radio host Tom Gresham “sent a Freedom of Information Law request to the office of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, asking for all records relating to the Bloomberg administration’s involvement with Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” Senior Editor Dave Workman announced on TheGunMag.com.

At this writing, the request is being reviewed by the city’s Public Advocate. It’s probably wishful thinking, but if they do the right thing, they’ll drag the lame duck authoritarian control freak out of the driver’s seat and throw him under his own bus.
By David Codrea

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2 thoughts on “EXCLUSIVE: Magical Misery Tour

  1. Cauthon

    A while ago I said something to a friend of mine – known to be a gun owner but not an NRA member, so far:-) about our victories in the Senate. He replied that it was no surprise, the NRA has lots of money. I continued that it is true that we contribute, and we work in campaigns, but if the facts were on the other side, we would still lose. If gun control laws were half as useful as their supporters try to claim, Congress would have gone along with them long ago. Money is useful but it sure helps when your opponent is full of crap; he agreed with that.


    Bloomberg and his gang of merry morons should clean their own house of crime before going on their psychological imbalanced rants against firearms. Bloomie and the others, as elected officers of their incorporated cities and towns should be upholding and preaching the Constitution and Bill of Rights, instead of grandstanding against our rights as free men. These politicians forget that we are born free ( well, that was long ago) and that no politician can grant us our rights. NYC has a terrible crime problem, so bad that their men in blue must resort to “Racial Profiling” as the Eric Holder method of crime fighting does not work. Hypocrits like Bloomie that have bodyguards and thousands of their cities LEO to watch their 6’s represent the worst kind of Americans, those that weild power as elected officials and use their office to spread personel hate against things. NYC, a looney town that is second only to Los Angeles, may replace bloomie with Weiner, another moron with the principles of a Cockroach, and married to a woman whose family is high up on the Islamic Terrorist Hall of Fame. Its no wonder people and Companies that can leave NYC and the State of NY are doing so as fast as they can.


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