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Bloomberg Backs New National Anti-Gun Violence Group

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pledging $50 million to jumpstart a new national network aimed at reducing gun violence.

Everytown for Gun Safety, a coalition of Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America primarily aims to  mobilize from the ground up.

"I think the NRA should be very afraid," said Shannon Watts, head of Moms Demand Action. "Americans have had enough of the gun violence in this country — in particular moms. The gun lobby has done a very good job over the last 30 years of making a vocal minority afraid their guns will be taken away. But moms are afraid our children will be taken away."

Daniel Webster, who directs the Center for Gun Policy and Research at John Hopkins University, said not to underestimate the power of parents—especially mothers like Watts—to make a difference.

"Nothing like this changes overnight," Webster said. "But I think in the long run it probably will have an impact on the policies that we already see a great deal of agreement on".

The new coalition, which has offices in all 50 states, will push to tighten background checks. Watts said she hopes to bring gun violence prevention to the forefront in this November's midterm election. 

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Comments [3]

Onesphor Kyara from Highland Park, NJ

Nonstarter Mission of gun control, female president

How come MADD was started by Ms Lighner, as if her male partners and folks were not affected by Cari’s demise? Grassroots efforts have to be supported by pressure from above. How much support has MADD received from the male-dominated walls of power? Conversely, despite initiative from the very top, how much progress has been made on gun control? How much support has the call received from the middle and bottom? Not much, and I know why…..

Neither gun control, nor related necessity for a potentially influential female president, is probable, until there is true democracy. In my book, “African Student in Russia” I argued democracy has to mirror traditional family -- the basic building block of demos/people. By default, a traditional family is 50 % male, and 50 % female. The government (“mediocosm”) -- which unites the micro (family) and the macro (society) -- has to be equally balanced along gender lines. Otherwise, we are still in ancient Athens, the origin of democracy where the landless, slaves and women were excluded from the “people” category. We still have “homocracy” (male-rule). The machismo-laden political institutions will not support gun control. Women lose more, including in homicide and/or suicide , than men because of guns/wars – grandpas, fathers, uncles, husbands, brothers, sons, grandsons – hence the imperative of true democracy. Monies, movies and speeches provide temporary solutions. Only gender-balanced branches of government can control guns, wars and violence against women.

The general population, women included, believes “homocracy” is the norm – hence the uphill battle a female presidential candidate will face in “conventional democracy.” With 64 % females in parliament, Rwanda is leading the world toward “democracy.” Belgium has over 50 % female ministers. USA has 18 % Congresswomen, occupying 80th place. Gender-based violence in Congo, India, Pakistan, and elsewhere can only lessen after true democracy. The global male-dominated power bases are silent partners in the violence against women, and prevalence of wars in the streets, jungles, schools, and Kandahar badlands.

O. Kyara, PhD

Jun. 12 2014 12:45 PM
R.B.Hellgren from Calif.

We will never beat the NRA at their game, instead lets work toward getting them declared a "Terrorist Organization" and start a counter organization with the goal of offering responsible gun solutions.

Jun. 10 2014 07:14 PM
Mr. Hoyt from Columbia, SC

Mike Bloombag, I have just one question. Mike, when are you going to fire the ARMED body guards that drive you around NYC? Mike the SODA NAZI!

Apr. 18 2014 05:14 PM

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