Stroudsburg Mayor Baughman Buying Snow Job

The Mayor of Stroudsburg is standing by Bloomberg, with some helpful cover by the Pocono Record. Bitter and I have been working closely with Dan of PAFOA on this project, and we’re happy to see our results get noticed by the media, but the rest is going to be up to the grassroots. Let’s see what The Pocono Record is saying:

Founded in 2006 by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and funded primarily by Bloomberg, MAIG works with law enforcement agencies and advocacy groups and operates by the following principles:

  • Target and hold accountable irresponsible gun dealers who break the law by knowingly selling guns to straw purchasers.
  • Oppose all federal efforts to restrict cities’ right to access, use and share trace data essential to effective enforcement, or interfere with the ability of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to combat illegal gun trafficking.
  • Develop and use technologies that aid in the detection and tracing of illegal guns.
  • Support all local state and federal legislation that targets illegal guns; coordinate legislative, enforcement and litigation strategies; and share information and best practices.
  • Invite other cities to join in this new national effort.

As we’ve pointed out on the blog here, and in the latest bombshell on MAIG’s associations with other gun control groups, this is a complete snow job on the part of Bloomberg’s coalition. They support going after illegal guns by making more guns illegal, and more of the types of transactions law abiding people do illegal. They are a gun control group. There can be no doubting that at this point.  That’s why this assertion by MAIG has no credibility at this point:

MAIG on its Web site corrects some misperceptions others have of the coalition:

  • MAIG is not against all guns and supports the Second Amendment, as well as practical, constitutional policies to keep guns away from criminals.
  • MAIG does not oppose concealed-carry permits allowing people to carry guns on their persons or in their vehicles.

The Record then goes on to say that they just don’t support reciprocity, which would allow us to carry guns on their person and in their vehicles in other states which allow some form of concealed carry. If MAIG is so in favor of concealed and vehicle carry, is Mayor Bloomberg going to pass a law allowing me to do so in New York City? How is opposing legislation that expands my right to carry supporting the Second Amendment?  Bloomberg is opposing efforts relating to being able to transport guns on Amtrak so hunters and shooters could consider travel by rail to go to competitions and on hunting trips. How is that supporting the Second Amendment?

“If you’re asking whether I’m considering quitting my membership with MAIG, the answer is no,” Baughman said. “But, if I’m ever presented with factual, convincing information that the coalition truly doesn’t support the best interests of those protected under the Second Amendment, then I would think differently. So far, I haven’t come across or been presented with any such information.”

I just presented you with such information.  The question is does Mayor Baughman want to listen? Not if gun owners don’t make him listen. Regardless of what Mayor Baughman wants to believe, he’s standing along side gun control advocates, and we will remember that come election day. We’ll make sure of that.

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