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Background Checks Needed For Members of Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Started by Mayor Bloomberg in 2006,  Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a coalition of over 800 mostly Democrat Mayors in all states except Alaska, Montana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Since pretty much everyone is against illegal guns, the group would more accurately be called, Mayors For Gun Control.

Bloomberg may want to consider background checks on these pro gun-control Mayors before they are accepted into the group, because the reckless and criminal behavior of some of the members is not helping their cause, from a PR standpoint.

 The Washington Free Beacon recently reported that some current and former members of the group have been charged with crimes as serious as felony corruption, assault of a police officer, and child sex crimes.

Just last week, MAIG member and Gainsville, FL Democrat Mayor Craig Lowe was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and property damage after police found him asleep in his car at the scene of a crash.

Police said Lowe appeared intoxicated and his Honda Civic was badly damaged, according to WKMG in Orlando.

The Gainesville Democrat faces a mayoral runoff election on April 16. His arraignment is scheduled for April 11, according to the Florida Alligator.

Lowe was one of 30 mayors featured in a recent ad released by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun-restriction lobbying group led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

 Another Mayor against Illegal Guns member, James Schiliro, the mayor of Marcus Hook, was recently arrested for  firing a gun in his home after a 20 year old man he had shuttled there, refused his sexual advances.

Marcus Hook, Pa., Mayor James Schiliro (R.) was arrested for reckless endangerment and other criminal charges last week after he allegedly fired a handgun inside his home during a booze-fueled argument with a 20-year-old man. Schiliro had allegedly served the minor alcohol and demanded sexual favors when the dispute broke out.

 According to the group, Gun Owners Against Illegal Mayors, members of MAIG have been convicted of  "assaulting officers and constituents, corruption, extortion, theft, obstruction of justice, bribery, perjury,  tax evasion, child porn, and battery.

They have attacked constituents and police officers, destroyed houses with sledge hammers, and even stolen gift cards donated for the poor.

Second Amendment Foundation executive vice president Alan Gottlieb said in a statement:

“Mayor Bloomberg should be more interested in the conduct of MAIG members than trying to pry into the personal lives of gun owners or soda drinkers. If anybody needs a background check, it would be a MAIG member.”

 As Elizabeth reported, MAIG has planned more than 100 events across the country, today, as part of its "National Day to Demand Action."

I plan to stay far far away from any of their activities.


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