In Run-up to Debate, Mayors’ Group Launches Gun Control Ad

Monday, October 01, 2012

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg holds a news conference on gun control July 10, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Just days before the first presidential debate in Denver, Colo., Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group is out with a new television advertisement focused on getting President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney to address the topic of gun control.

The ad features Stephen Barton, a survivor of the July 20 mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., demanding the two presidential candidates outline their plan to curb gun violence.

“What we want the two candidates to do is stand up and say, ‘I have a plan to do ‘x’,’” the mayor said.

Bloomberg pointed to a number of gun policies he hoped to see discussed, including a ban on assault weapons, something both Obama and Romney’s supported in the past. “Today, neither one of them will address the issue at all,” he said.

Noting that an estimated 48,000 Americans will be killed by guns in the next four years, Bloomberg said, “I think it’s incumbent on the candidates who want our votes to say what they will do about, not just say, ‘Oh, isn’t that terrible, I feel your pain.’”

This isn't the first television ad purchase made by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. After the Aurora shooting, survivors of a 2011 shooting in Arizona that included Rep. Gabrielle Giffords were featured in a similar ad.

When asked if he intended to watch the debates on Wednesday, the mayor said he wouldn’t.

“I’m going to opening night at Carnegie Hall,” he said.

Watch the ad below:


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Comments [4]

Jose from Presidio, Texas

Four million Jews were killed after Hitler declared that society would be a civilized after confiscating guns. Add to that the number of people killed restoring society back to the way it was and 12,000 gun deaths per year is negligible.

Oct. 01 2012 10:14 PM
Bill Cartauld

Could Smart auto-driving cars be the answer for driving/alchohol related deaths? Also there really is no reason for having guns that is worth the risks. Modern guns should be excluded from the modern constitution. America would be safer if teaching national and state law were mandatory in all schools.

Oct. 01 2012 06:05 PM
HistoricalRecords from USA

I just want to know who's behind this shadowy United Against Illegal Guns Support Fund organization. They are affiliated with the notoriously corrupt Mayors Against Illegal Guns group. UAIGSF doesn't have a website or facebook page, but I found that they have 1.5 million in assets and their contact info lists Geller & Co. It is a "Wealth Management Advisory Boutique" This doesn't sound like a grassroots movement, it looks like a top down, elite financed (most likely culprit is Micheal Bloomberg) extremist distasteful and politically opportunistic, borderline terrorist (by some definitions of terrorism) action. This video has my research in the description.

Oct. 01 2012 05:54 PM
Jorge Garcia from somewhere

~12K deaths / murders per year where the perp/murderer used a gun.
~45K automobile deaths per year.
~100K deaths per year attributed to alcohol.
How about banning those lethal cars?
Try and ban alcohol again?
People kill people and Bloomberg is an elitist stoop who has body guards that carry concealed ... but, but can the citizens of NYC?

Oct. 01 2012 05:51 PM

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