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Rid your state of the scourge of MAIG.

(PHOENIX, AZ, September 18) They're almost everywhere, hiding in plain sight, and they're dangerous. What are they? They're local mayors who have pledged fealty to Mike Bloomberg and his organization, Mayors Against Illegal Guns or MAIG.

We know the organization is not what it advertises itself to be and we need to educate our mayors--and their constituents. Not only does MAIG advocate for more restrictive gun control laws than their recruiting information claims, they do it in often shady ways--utilizing taxpayer dollars to fund lobbying efforts to restrict the rights of those same taxpayers. In addition, a disproportionate number of MAIG-aligned mayors have been indicted and convicted for various crimes in recent years. It's hard to say why the sleaze runs so thick--charges have ranged from bribery and corruption to embezzlement, assault, and even child abuse--but the correlation is undeniable. Maybe it's because MAIG's duplicitous methods attract the duplicitous.

MAIG was founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg supposedly to advocate for laws to stop the "flow of illegal guns" into our communities. Like so many sound bites, that statement sounds good on the surface, but how exactly does making guns "illegaller" work? MAIG doesn't just target guns that are already illegal, they want to expand the range of guns considered "illegal" by banning more guns and adding more people to the list of prohibited persons.

What MAIG actually is at its core is a gun ban organization. It is an organization developed by big city mayors from cities that already have restrictive gun laws that don't work and serious crime problems. They want to export those restrictive gun laws to other cities, towns, and the nation under the tried and true hoplophobic formula that when a gun control law fails, the reasonable response is to institute more gun control laws. And it appears that there isn't any gun control law that MAIG doesn't support--from bans on semi-auto rifles and limits on magazine capacity to bans on self-defense carry--and self-defense itself. MAIG Director Mark Glaze suggested that it would be cowardly, unmanly, and unjustifiable for a person to ever shoot someone who attacked them with only their hands and feet. Glaze must be a really tough guy, and he must not have a wife, mother, or daughter.

There has long been suspicion about much of the MAIG stall" being paid by the city of New York while actually working full-time for MAIG Scrutiny of that issue increased recently when Mayor Bloomberg apparently sent a city employee to Nevada--at NYC taxpayer expense--to lobby the governor to sign a gun control bill. It also recently came out that MAIG was set up on New York City computer servers, utilizing them to handle the group's website, email, and other functions at no charge. The Second Amendment Foundation filed a Freedom of Information claim against the city demanding copies of all documents and email traffic on city computer systems having anything to do with MAIG. That should result in either a wealth of inside information about the group, their plans, and their tactics, or an illegal stonewall. In a perfect world either of those results would lead to criminal charges for misappropriating funds and/or obstructing justice, but this world is not perfect. Is Bloomberg just too rich to be prosecuted?

MAIG has also enticed other mayors to break the law and betray their constituents by paying partial salaries for city employees who are in fact lobbyists for MAIG. Cities create new positions, typically providing health benefits and paying a portion of the person's salary, and the "Coordinator." who is always a dedicated MAIG operative, lobbies the City Council, state legislature. and governor on behalf of MAIG and their agenda.

Imagine the outrage if a city were to create a position of Community Gun Safety Coordinator primarily funded by the NRA?

Is the mayor of your city or town a member of MAIG? There's an easy way to find out; just go to the membership list on the MAIG website. If your mayor is listed. send him or her a note asking if they agreed to be listed, and urging them to resign from the group immediately. Tell them that you will actively work against their reelection if they are still a MAIG member come election time. Ii your mayor is not on the list, send them a note urging them to never fall for the MAIG line. The group is continually recruiting and it's easier to head off such a mistake than to try and correct it later. For more information to use in your note or to share with your mayor. check the MAIG Resource Page on our website, www.FirearmsCoalition.org.
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Title Annotation:From The Firearms Coalition
Author:Knox, Jeff
Publication:Shotgun News
Date:Nov 20, 2013
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