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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Franklin, Virginia Mayor James Council is a Member of MAIG

The Mayor of Franklin, Virginia, James P. Councill, III, is a member of Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). This comes as a great surprise to VSSA as Mayor Council's father, J. Paul Council, Jr., was a stalwart supporter of the right to keep and bear arms for many years as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. In addition, the City of Franklin is not your usual urban area, it is a very rural community and I would be willing to bet that many of its citizens own one or more firearms. It is possible that Mayor Councill may, like many former members of MAIG, has been duped into believing that MAIG is not an anti-gun group.

Gun owners in Franklin, Virginia, should immediately contact Mayor Councill and politely inform him that he is part of a group that wants to ban our right to keep and bear arms.

Some useful information to include in your communication is that Bloomberg created MAIG as a front group to lobby Congress to oppose important pro-gun reforms and support new federal gun control restrictions. Let Mayor Council know that some mayors have joined thinking Bloomberg was simply targeting those who acquire firearms illegally but that it is really part of Bloomberg's anti-gun crusade. Also tell Mayor Council that a number of mayors have already quit the anti-gun Bloomberg coalition once they learned the group's true motives and that he should be the next one to do so.

Please call, e-mail, and write, Mayor Council today and ask him to support law-abiding gun owners by publicly disassociating with Michael Bloomberg and "Mayors Against Illegal Guns." Help Mayor Council make the right choice between protecting your Second Amendment rights or continuing to be associated with those who actively oppose and undermine your firearms freedom.

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