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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Warner and Webb Targeted by Anti-gun Crowd

Families of the Virginia Tech shooing victims are targeting U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb to sign on to closing the non-existent "Gun Show Loophole" and they are getting a boost from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). If Bloomberg were honest, he would call his group what it is - Mayors Against Guns. Bloomberg is running this ad to try and gin up support on Capitol Hill for his pet project.

Honesty is not Bloomberg's strong suit as we all know. He even uses a clip from a 2000 ad Senator John McCain made supporting Colorado's initiative attacking gun shows to infer that McCain supports MAIG's efforts. The ad also claims that McCain supported shutting down gun shows in 2008 when he ran for President and sights a speech made in Louisville, KY on May 16, 2008. That just happens to be when the NRA was holding it's Annual Meeting in that city. John McCain spoke as part of the Celebration of American Values Forum. Now, I had my three year-old with me during that speech but I don't recall him saying during that speech that he would sign the gun show bill if he were elected President.

The fact is though we all know there is no loophole. Bloomberg and his band of followers are desperate. They can't believe that President Obama has made no moves to uses the huge majorities he has in both houses of Congress to pass gun control.

While it it true Obama has sizable Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, he does not have anti-rights majorities. But we should not take anything for granted. Call and write Senators Warner and Webb and politely urge them to stand firm and oppose Bloomberg's attacks on gun shows.

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