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Monday, April 13, 2009

Bloomberg Funded Group Attacks Bob McDonnell

Americans United for Safe Streets, a group funded by anti-rights New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference in Northern Virginia this morning to unveil what they said was a new ad to push for background checks on private sales at guns shows. Even press reports billed the press conference as a campaign to close the so-called "gun show loophole." But as you see from the ad below, it is actually an ad targeting Republican candidate for Governor, former Attorney General Bob McDonnell, because he supports the right of private gun owners to sell one or more of their firearms to other private citizens.

It's no surprise that Bloomberg would go after McDonnell. Two years ago McDonnell's office supported legislation that put an end to Bloomberg's gun dealer entrapment scheme.

Using the same tired rhetoric, the ad claims the McDonnell is "protecting criminals instead of protecting us." I guess facts mean about as much to Bloomberg as they do to Tim Kaine. The fact is a Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report on “Firearms Use by Offenders” found that fewer than 1% of U.S. “crime guns” came from gun shows, with repeat offenders even less likely than first-timers to buy guns from any retail source.

Update: Here's what Bloomberg and Americans United for Safe Streets (AUSS) did not tell you about Bob McDonnell:

1. In the weeks that followed the Virginia Tech shootings, McDonnell worked with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), to block gun sales to people involuntarily committed to inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment.

2. McDonnell supports background checks for all sales at gun shows made by licensed gun dealers.

3. It is a Class 6 felony in Virginia to sell a firearm to a criminal or anyone else who cannot legally own a gun, including those with mental deficiencies, and McDonnell believes we must do more to enforce this strong law which is already on the books.

1 comment:

VA Needs a said...

I'm surprised Bloomberg is even bothering to attack One Gun Bob on this issue - don't they agree?