Mayor of Illinois' Third-Largest City Quits Bloomberg Anti-Gun Group
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-Second Amendment group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has lost another member, this time the mayor of Rockford, Illinois--the state’s third largest city.
At a townhall-styled appearance on June 22 in nearby Loves Park, Illinois, Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey announced that he has, indeed, quit Mayor Bloomberg's gun group because Bloomberg's group was not fulfilling what Morrissey felt was the group's stated intentions.YA THINK???
Now, I'll give kudos to Mayor Morrissey in that he got out, but DUH! The intention of MAIG was NEVER to go after "illegal" guns - first of all, because very few guns actually ARE illegal. Defacing a serial number, is about the only way to truly make a gun illegal (shorting a rifle barrel can be done with the NFA stamp; conversion to full auto is also permitted under certain circumstances). They weren't even interested in going after guns that were illegally obtained or possessed - heck, a good number of their members are prohibited from owning guns based on their criminal records.
They were after legally owned guns, owned by law-abiding people, plain and simple. Morrissey notes, correctly, a good amount of MAIG's political and monetary capital being expended on "assault weapons", even though "assault weapons" are used in only a tiny fraction of crimes committed with firearms. There can be only one reason for this: they want semi-automatic rifles taken away from private citizens. This is not a crime initiative; it is a control initiative.
The way MAIG is going, we're going to have to replace "...like rats from a sinking ship" with "...like mayors from MAIG" as the new cliché for something fast...
That is all.