Mayors misled: Gun group needs a new name
Nashua Mayor Donalee Lozeau quit New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns after it exposed its true mission: to pursue strict new gun-control laws. She has had plenty of company. A review of the group’s membership by news and entertainment website Buzzfeed.com found that it has lost more than 50 members who have quit, lost re-election or had their terms expire.
Lozeau quit after she saw the group’s first ad attacking U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte for voting against a gun-control bill. “I said, ‘Wait a minute, I don’t want to be part of something like that,’” she told this newspaper last month. “I told them, ‘You’re mayors against illegal guns, you’re not Mayors for Gun Control.”
Ah, but they are Mayors for Gun Control. The organization’s misleading name was a ruse to boost membership. As Lozeau said, “Nowhere within the literature of this group was there any indication that there would be campaigns against members of Congress, particularly around issues that were not related to illegal guns.”
Others also felt misled.
“The original focus, I thought, was going to be on focusing on better enforcement of our existing laws, and if anything, we have talked about not getting involved with things like banning assault weapons and banning magazine clips,” Rockford, Ill., Mayor Lawrence Morrissey, told Buzzfeed. Morrissey quit the group last month.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns says its membership is growing. Either way, it should be honest about its mission and change its name to Liberal Mayors Against The Second Amendment.