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The Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition is a leftist political propaganda coalition of mayors from about 400 United States cities, with a stated gun-grabbing agenda of “making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets.” The group was formed by liberal Democrat Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and liberal Democrat New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The coalition's CEO is liberal Democrat Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (now Rahm Emanuel)

The vast majority of gun-grabbing members of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition are Democrats with a few liberal RINO Republicans.

Criticism of Methods and Hypocrisy

Indicted, convicted, and scandalized members

A substantial number of member of the gun-grabbing coalition have been indicted in recent months, on felony charges. Here in the U.S., conviction of felony means the immediate loss of both the right to vote and the unalienable right to own a gun for the rest of one's life. This is an organization that espouses doing away with “illegal guns”, yet a surprising number of their members have made choices in their lives that have set themselves on the path to being disenfranchised from ever owning a gun. (eg. See California state Senator liberal Democrat Leeland Yee arrested by the FBI for gang-related gun-running, murder-for-hire and corruption-bribery charges).

Personal character and integrity are prerequisites for anyone entering public office, to serve in an elected position of “special trust and confidence”, such as a mayorship. Abuses of that trust, gross lapses of integrity, and forays into criminal conduct are not tolerated in our society. If anything, elected politicians are held to a higher standard than the general public, and their actions are closely watched. For an elected official to become a criminal, when they themselves are entrusted to protect us from criminals is nearly the most heinous and unforgivable thing imaginable in a democratically-ruled Constitutional republic. For some of these same individuals to continue to be considered members in good standing of a so-called “crime-fighting” organization – and not even censured by the organization – has been criticized as being hypocritical.

Three current and former members of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition are currently under felony indictments, six others were recently convicted of felonies, one indicted member died of a heart attack before completion of his trial, and one member was recently convicted of a violent misdemeanor. The indicted and convicted members and former members include:

Five current members of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition have been troubled by scandals that involved firearms:

Resignations from the coalition

Announced resignations

	
Twelve mayors that had been members<ref>http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/downloads/pdf/7_14_09_maig_letter.pdf</ref> have withdrawn from the organization, claiming either that they were misled about the group's anti-gun platform, or that they were enrolled in the coalition without their knowledge.<ref>Mayor Withdraws from anti-gun coalition, The Indianapolis Star, June 27, 2007 By: Tania E. Lopez http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070627/LOCAL0101/706270329/1015/LOCAL01</ref><ref>Letter to the Editor, Anchorage Daily News, February 4, 2007 by Mayor Mark Begich http://www.adn.com/opinion/letters/story/8614932p-8507468c.html</ref><ref>An Idaho Mayor Withdraws From Bloomberg's Gun Group, The New York Sun, January 17, 2007 By: Bradley Hope http://www.nysun.com/article/46799</ref> They are:

In her resignation letter, Mayor Patricia Shontz of Madeira Beach, Florida wrote, “I am withdrawing because I believe the MAIG is attempting to erode all gun ownership, not just illegal guns. Additionally, I have learned that the MAIG may be working on issues which conflict with legal gun ownership.” She added, “It appears the MAIG has misrepresented itself to the Mayors of America and its citizens. This is gun control, not crime prevention.”<ref name=“urlGun Owners Call Mayors Out On Mayors Against Illegal Guns”>

</ref> In his resignation letter to Bloomberg, Mayor Harry Moore stated: “It is simply unconscionable that this coalition, under your leadership, would call for a repeal of the Shelby /Tiahrt amendment that helps to safeguard criminal investigations and the lives of law enforcement officers, witnesses and others by restricting access to firearms trace data solely to law enforcement. How anyone, least of all a public official, could be willing to sacrifice such a law enforcement lifeline in order to gain an edge in suing an industry they have political differences with is repugnant to me. The fact that your campaign against this protective language consisted of overheated rhetoric, deception and falsehoods is disturbing.”<ref> http://www.nssf.org/share/PDF/070907_MooreResignationMAIG.pdf</ref>

	
The resignations of Kevin Jackson and Jared Fuhriman left the state of Idaho completely unrepresented in the organization, and Alaska with just one representative mayor. Since Mayor Rocky Anderson of Salt Lake City left office, it has also left Utah unrepresented. Mayor Kathy Taylor of Tulsa, Oklahoma has announced that she will not seek re-election<ref> http://www.ktul.com/news/stories/0609/629082.html</ref>, and as of September, 2009, her name has been removed from the coalition's roster. This also leaves Oklahoma unrepresented. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors there are 1,201 cities in the US with a population of 30,000 or more that are headed by mayors.<ref>http://usmayors.org/about/overview.asp</ref> Several of the mayors in the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition represent even smaller towns and cities–particularly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, which are disproportionately represented.

Legislative Initiatives

With the stated goal of reducing the number of straw purchase of guns, the coalition has favored new legislation to require mandatory reporting of lost or stolen guns.<ref>http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/local/lost-stolen.shtml</ref> As of September, 2009, seven states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island) and the District of Columbia have laws criminalizing failure to report lost and stolen guns to law enforcement. Several other states and local governments are working to pass similar laws.<ref>http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2009/03/gun_control_proposal_on_tonigh_1.html</ref> Critics counter that straw purchases are already illegal, and hence mandatory theft and loss reporting laws are redundant.<ref>http://www.pagunrights.com/2009/08/update-on-york-pennsylvania-lost-stolen-gun-reporting-proposal/</ref>

Former prosecuting attorney C.D. Michel analyzed mandatory reporting laws, using one in Ventura County, California as an example: “Ironically, the ordinance cannot be used against the real bad guys. No law can compel lawbreakers to report themselves. So a straw purchaser who legally buys a gun cannot be compelled to report that he resold it illegally. And since it wasn't actually lost or stolen, he hasn't violated the ordinance. Similarly, if a felon prohibited from possessing a gun illegally possesses one anyway, and it is lost or stolen, he can be prosecuted for having the gun in the first place, but cannot be prosecuted for failing to incriminate himself by reporting the loss. Enforcement of these ordinances places prosecutors in a precarious legal and ethical position. Say a straw-purchaser's gun is recovered at a crime scene and traced back to him. If he lies to police claiming his gun was “stolen” when he really sold it on the black market, will we nonetheless prosecute him for something he did not do (fail to report the “stolen” gun – which wasn't actually stolen) but to which he “confessed”? Ethics and legality aside, securing a misdemeanor conviction for failing to report a theft (that never occurred) likely prohibits prosecuting the straw purchaser for the more serious felony black market sale or for making a false statement to police. Perhaps worse, gun owners who truly are burglary victims must now hesitate to speak with police if their stolen gun is recovered at a crime scene. If the gun owner failed to report the loss at all, or on time, she faces possible criminal prosecution if she cooperates with police investigating the recovered gun. She should remain silent, get a lawyer and seek immunity first. Legal representation may also be appropriate when a gun is first discovered missing. The owner can be prosecuted if the theft is not reported within 48 hours of when the owner “should have known” the gun was missing. Proponents have made clear they believe “responsible” gun owners should know where their gun is at every single moment and “should know” a gun is gone immediately. And the fear of prosecution will encourage those who miss the 48-hour window not to report the loss at all. Effectively, these ordinances place the legitimate gun owner in jeopardy of prosecution for becoming a victim of a crime. In light of these liabilities, gun-rights groups and the criminal-defense bar have begun advising gun owners – who would ordinarily be happy to assist police with their investigation – that they need a lawyer if they are contacted by police.”<reF>http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2007/aug/10/why-pass-an-ineffective-law-on-guns/</ref>

Incremental Gun-Grabbing of the [[Police state|Nanny State]]

Liberals and socialists support “common sense” measures - a “good first step” of the Nanny State. To a citizen-prepper-patriot and to the Bill of Rights, this is “death by a thousand paper cuts”.

This Second Amendment Foundation video is the formal response to Hollywood's Demand a Plan gun-grabbing propaganda video. The video shows one of the main differences between liberal gun control Nanny states (Blue states) and conservative and/or libertarian Second Amendment-supporting “free states” (Red states). This video shows why we vote with our feet:

References

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