Michael Bloomberg and His Mayor Friends Target Al Qaeda in New Gun Ad

More than 600 mayors nationally, including our own Michael Bloomberg in a leadership role, have started a new television advertising campaign meant to draw attention to an Al Qaeda video that urges terrorists to exploit weak gun laws. The spot, in support of the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011 and the also very literally named Denying Firearms to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2011, is positioned as a direct response to American Al Qaeda member Adam Gadahn, who informed his audience, "America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms. You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle without a background check and, most likely, without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?"

In a statement, Mayor Bloomberg countered, "The terror statement released today is absolutely accurate in one respect: terrorists and other criminals can easily buy guns in the United States with no background check, and no questions asked. This video may help Washington understand that weak gun laws aren't just a crime problem, they're a national security threat."

There's more from Bloomberg and on the Fix Gun Checks website.

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]

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Unfettered access to guns is a myth, I encourage you to goand try and buy one. “The gun show loophole?” Another myth: http://www.nraila.org/issues/f...

The absence of the will or ability to enforce existing laws oreffectively prosecute criminals needs to be addressed first.  The un-informed anti-gun lobby rhetoric usedhere is evidence that  the knee-jerkresponse is to “impose new laws!” Laws that only target law abiding citizens,people who OBEY the law. Alas, in order to give the appearance of actually doing something aboutcrime The hue and cry is for more ill-conceived laws and regulations that onlyaffect those who are not criminals.. 


Remember those key points thatalways seem to be ignored:

1. Law abiding citizens are the ones who apply for and are granted a firearmslicense.2. Firearms license applicants and holders must have no disqualifyingcriminal history.3. Firearms license applicants and holders must have no disqualifyingpsychiatric history.4. A criminal records check is done on all firearms license applicants andif holders of a valid license violate the law, their license and right topossess firearms is revoked.5. Allfirearms purchases are strictly regulated, both on the federal and morestrictly, on the state level.6. It is the right of all law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms, accordingto the 2nd amendment and current federal law.

And I can’t say it enough, sane law abiding citizens do not; rob banks, dealdrugs, break into homes, buy and sell illegal firearms, buy and sellfirearms illegally, assault people at random or shoot people for unlawfulreasons. 

Further restricting law abiding citizens theirright to bear arms and protect their homes and persons, makes no bloody senseat all.

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