We in Pennsylvania have municipal races coming up this November, and that got Sebastian and I thinking about gun rights at the local level.Â With Michael Bloomberg making more noise out of New York about gun control, it made sense to take a close look at his pawns on the ground.
As one of the largest gun blogs and generally having the ear of Glenn on the issues, Uncle was able to successfully make membership in Bloombergâ€™s group a liability for Knoxvilleâ€™s Bill Haslam.Â Unfortunately, targeting most of these mayors wonâ€™t be so easy.Â Some of them legitimately share Bloombergâ€™s view on gun rights and would like to see them curtailed.Â Others donâ€™t really know what they signed up for â€“ accounts by some former Bloomberg mayors suggest that it is sold as a group that really does focus on crime issues rather than taking positions against concealed carry and leading lawsuits for third party actions against gun store owners.Â These mayors simply need to be educated.
According to Bloombergâ€™s website, there are 103 mayors in Pennsylvania in the group.Â When the federal concealed carry amendment was up for debate and the Pennsylvania coalition of mayors sent a letter to Senators Casey and Specter, we pulled up the local mayors over at PAGunRights.com.Â It’s been one of the most popular pages since we brought the site back online last month.Â I’m sure more than a few folks had no idea their mayor was spending part of his/her July campaigning against concealed carry rights.
In my next post on the topic, I’ll have a whole bevy of statistics and potentially vulnerable mayors around the state.Â (By vulnerable, I mean either a chance at unseating them or simply convincing them to get out of Bloomberg’s group by a few constituent phone calls.)Â In Pennsylvania, we found mayors in some unexpected places.
Speaking of unexpected places, do you know with 100% certainty whether your own mayor has ever been involved in the group?Â (No peeking at the website!)