Bloomberg Releases Final Gun Control Report as Mayor

Mayor Michael Bloomberg at his last anti-gun press conference in office. (Photo: nyc.gov)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg at his last anti-gun press conference in office. (Photo: nyc.gov)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg today released his final report as co-chair of Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, and said he hoped Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio would take the mantle after he leaves office at the end of the month.

In recent years, the mayor has released numerous reports outlining sometimes extensive investigations performed by the group. The latest focuses on what Mr. Bloomberg labeled a deadly loophole that allows non-business entities to sell guns without background checks.  Continue reading “Bloomberg Releases Final Gun Control Report as Mayor”

Threatening Letters With Ricin Sent to Mayor Bloomberg

Mayor Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)

Letters containing a substance that tested positive for ricin have been sent to both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the head of his gun control advocacy organization, the New York Police Department announced this evening.

“Anonymous threats to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in letters opened in New York City on Friday and by the director of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Washington, DC on Sunday contained material that when tested locally, preliminarily indicated the presence of ricin,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told Politicker in a statement. Continue reading “Threatening Letters With Ricin Sent to Mayor Bloomberg”

After Aurora: How Mayor Bloomberg Planned to Make the Next Massacre Count

Mayor Michael Bloomberg holding an AR-15 assault rifle like the one used in the Newtown shootings at a press conference announcing a gun trafficking bust last October. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bloomberg holding an AR-15 assault rifle like the one used in Newtown while announcing a gun trafficking bust last October. (Photo: Getty)

When the smoke cleared at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., in the wee hours of a Friday morning last July, 12 people were dead, 58 were injured and Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in New York, readying an assault of his own.

The campaign that Mr. Bloomberg and his “gun team” came up with in the hours and days after Aurora involved carpet-bombing Washington with millions from the mayor’s immense fortune and a media blitz that would be deployed following the next massacre.

“He was so frustrated by the lack of conversation around this issue … that he decided to force the conversation himself,” Howard Wolfson, deputy mayor for government affairs and communications, told Politicker. Continue reading “After Aurora: How Mayor Bloomberg Planned to Make the Next Massacre Count”

Mayor Bloomberg Says ‘The White House Was Listening’ on Gun Control

Mayor Bloomberg speaking about the president's gun control proposals at City Hall. (Photo: NYC.gov)
Mayor Bloomberg speaking about the president’s gun control proposals at City Hall. (Photo: NYC.gov)

Earlier today, President Barack Obama unveiled a broad set of gun control proposals prompted by the wave of anti-gun sentiment generated by last month’s massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a prominent gun control advocate, scheduled a press conference this afternoon to praise the White House for what he described as “a bold and comprehensive plan to tackle gun violence” that matches much of his own vision.

“Today it’s clear that the president and the vice president heard us and they heard the American people,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “The vast majority of Americans support common-sense gun regulations, and clearly, the White House was listening.” Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg Says ‘The White House Was Listening’ on Gun Control”

Mayor Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Group Gets Some Hollywood Help

Ari Emanuel courtside at a Lakers game last year. (Photo: Getty)
Ari Emanuel courtside at a Lakers game last year. (Photo: Getty)

In the wake of the killings in Newtown, Hollywood superagent Ari Emanuel is making a donation to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the initiative co-founded by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mr. Emanuel, one of the CEO’s of the massive talent agency William Morris Endeavor and the real-life inspiration for Entourage character Ari Gold, announced his support for Mr. Bloomberg’s anti-gun violence crusade in a blog post on his Linkedin  page yesterday.

“There is no way to ignore the tragedy that took place in Newtown. It weighs on us as a country. As a parent it is unfathomable, and compels me to question how this could have happened,” wrote Mr. Emanuel. “I am the first to acknowledge that the issue of gun control is complicated and has many sides. I am not here to educate anyone on the matter. But just because something is complicated doesn’t mean that we should just throw our hands up. It actually means that it matters and that we need to come to the table and figure this out.” Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Group Gets Some Hollywood Help”

Bloomberg to Obama: Offering Condolences ‘Is Not Enough’

President Obama reacting to today's news. (Photo: Getty)
President Obama reacting to today’s news. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not satisfied with President Barack Obama’s reaction to the recent shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. Specifically, a tearful Mr. Obama called for “meaningful action” to prevent future tragedies, a vague vow that Mr. Bloomberg, who has emerged as one of the chief gun control advocates nationwide, found wholly unacceptable.

“President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown. But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem. Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough,” Mr. Bloomberg said in a statement. “We need immediate action. We have heard all the rhetoric before. What we have not seen is leadership – not from the White House and not from Congress. That must end today. This is a national tragedy and it demands a national response. My deepest sympathies are with the families of all those affected, and my determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever.”

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Mayors Against Illegal Guns Evaluates Debate Answers to ‘AK-47’ Question

obama romney pointing getty Mayors Against Illegal Guns Evaluates Debate Answers to AK 47 Question
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Ahead of last night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University, several members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a prominent organization backed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, penned an op-ed in the Long Island publication Newsday urging questions that demand accountability from the candidates on policies to address gun violence, and for substantive plans to be offered in response. Well, in a post-debate statement the group said they got half their wish.

“President Obama, during the Democratic National Convention in 2008, you stated you wanted to keep AK-47s out of the hands of criminals,” local voter Nina Gonzalez asked President Barack Obama during the town hall-style discussion. “What has your administration done or plan to do to limit the availability of assault weapons?”

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