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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