New York’s Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has put together a coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns which at face value sounds like a good thing. Who, beside criminals, isn’t against illegal guns? I’m a proud gun owner and I’m 100% against illegal guns and fully support giving law enforcement the tools they need to get illegal guns off the streets. Mayor Villaraigosa is not only a member of this coalition, he’s a featured on their site and gives a quote of support. A message from the co-chairs of the coalition says:
We respect the rights of law abiding citizens to own guns, and we recognize that the vast majority of gun dealers carefully follow the law. Our only interest is in fighting crime — and we are determined to win.
But that might not be the case. Several Mayors have dropped out of the coalition in the past several days suggesting the coalition actually has much deeper goals and law abiding citizens with constitutionally protected firearms might actually be their target. Mayor Mark Begich from Anchorage, Alaska backed out last week stating:
“…upon further review of the coalition, it appears they may have a different agenda than I anticipated. I am concerned the coalition is working on issues that conflict with the beliefs we share in Alaska about legal gun ownership, and I’m also concerned gun ownership advocates are not part of the full discussion within the coalition.”
Yesterday Mayor Kevin Jackson from Rio Rancho, NM pulled out as well noting that while “he believes strongly in getting guns out of the hands of criminals, he draws the line at disarming law-abiding citizens and went on to say that he is in favor of disarming criminals, but “not at the risk of losing our Constitutional freedom.” Mayor Jackson is the 3rd Mayor to quit for these reasons this month which makes a strong statement questioning the motives of the coalition. If they are trying to get rid of illegal guns that is one thing and worthy of support. If they are trying to get rid of one of the freedoms given to us in the bill of rights that’s not only something that should be opposed, but something our Mayor here in Los Angeles should publicly take a stance against. If the 2nd amendment can be circumvented, what’s keeping the others in place?