Poughkeepsie, N.Y. mayor says he left the group over confiscation plans
February 7, 2014
A current New York mayor has publicly announced his decision to leave Mayors Against Illegal Guns because the gun control group demands an all-out “confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens.”
In an announcement published by his city’s newspaper, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Mayor John C. Tkazyik said he quit the group after realizing it was simply a vehicle for Michael Bloomberg to “promote his personal gun-control agenda.”
“It did not take long to realize that MAIG’s agenda was much more than ridding felons of illegal guns,” he stated. “Under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intended to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens.”
“I don’t believe, never have believed and never will believe that public safety is enhanced by encroaching on our right to bear arms and I will not be a part of any organization that does.”
Tkazyik also pointed out that Chicago’s extremely high crime rates are undeterred by the city’s highly restrictive gun laws.
“Depriving law-abiding citizens of their right to own firearms only makes them more vulnerable,” he added.
Tkazyik’s announcement is a stark contrast to the rhetoric of other politicians who want to grossly violate human rights.
At a gun control event earlier this year, Austin, Texas City Council Member Mike Martinez admitted that gun control is simply a step-by-step process to completely eliminate the Second Amendment.
While pointing at a sign held by a protestor which read “Stop Gun Ban,” Martinez said that “someone needs to inform him that there is no gun ban currently, but because of the work we’re doing today, we will make [his] sign legitimate shortly.”
“So you hang on to that [sign],” he said to a cheering crowd of gun control advocates.
And in a flashback to 1995, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.) told 60 Minutes that she wanted to outright ban all firearms owned by Americans.
“If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them … ‘Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in,’ I would have done it,” she said.
This is the true intent of gun control, even though many of its advocates whitewash the truth with a variety of propaganda techniques or by just simply being ignorant.
For example, the organizers for the event at which Martinez spoke told reporters that they didn’t want to ban guns even though that is exactly what Martinez demanded in his speech.
Gun control advocates constantly parrot deceptive phrases such as “common sense solutions” and “we don’t want to ban guns” when selling their agenda which will only lead to the complete disarmament of the population by authoritarians.
Fortunately, on the other hand, Mayor Tkazyik is joining an ever-increasing list of public officials who have denounced gun control.
Last month, Detroit’s Police Chief James Craig told reporters that legal gun owners deter crime.
“Coming from California, where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of Carrying Concealed Weapon [permits], and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was my orientation,” he said. “I changed my orientation real quick; Maine is one of the safest places in America.”
“Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”
And last year, Erie Co., N.Y. Sheriff Timothy B. Howard publicly announced that his department would not enforce New York’s latest gun control law, the SAFE Act.
“It’s an unenforceable law and I believe it will ultimately be declared unconstitutional,” he said to reporters. “Do you want law enforcement people that will say ‘I will do this because I’m told to do this, even if I know it’s wrong?’”
It is refreshing to see elected officials serving their constituents while also respecting the Bill of Rights.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns Merges With Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America
Reuters | Posted: 12/19/2013 11:59 am EST | Updated: 01/23/2014 1:38 am EST
NEW YORK, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun control group founded and financed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced on Thursday it will merge with another gun control group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
The mayors’ group will unite its grassroots, policy and field forces with the mothers’ group “to enact common-sense policies that respect the rights of gun owners while keeping firearms out of dangerous hands,” the groups said in a statement.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns was formed in 2006 as the brainchild of Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, both of whom will leave office at the end of the year. They argued that mayors were uniquely sensitive to gun violence as it often falls to them to comfort the families of slain police officers.
The group now includes more than 1,000 mayors.
Moms Demand Action launched a year ago, following the shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school that resulted in the death of 20 children and six adults. The group says it had 130,000 members.
“Gun violence used to be something that happened only in other cities, other communities. But now, every mother and every American knows the fear of ‘What if?’ – What if it were my community or my child’s school?” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. (Reporting by Edith Honan; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Gunna Dickson)