Mayors Against Illegal Guns Play the Columbine Card

Mayors Against Illegal Guns is running TV ads using surveillance video from the Columbine massacre to encourage new restrictions on gun sales.

While we wait for Brad to insert the video to Hobo With A Shotgun (Bill Marriott’s peeps don’t want kids on the Boulder Business Center’s [sole] steam-driven computer to view Tarantino clips), The New York  Daily News reports that Mayor Bloomberg’s pet project—Mayors Against Illegal Guns—is airing an ad arguing for background checks at gun shows.  The $250k ad campaign features surveillance video from the Columbine High School massacre. “The killers got their guns because of a gap in the law,” the announcer intones. “Momentum is building in the Senate to close the loophole. Eleven years after Columbine, it’s time. Call your senator.” What should I call him? But seriously folks . . .

First aired Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of the Columbine killings, the ads run on national cable networks and in Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio and Virginia to target senators there.

What do these states have in common? Dunno. Liberal base? Fresh wounds? Unusually, the NRA gets the last word in the Post’s piece.

National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said background checks at gun shows would take too long and impede the rights of legal gun owners.

“They continue to try and abridge the rights of law-abiding citizens. They should focus their efforts on going after criminals,” Arulanandam said. “The intent is to drive gun shows out of business.”

And there I was thinking it was a bunch of politicians trying to score political points with their base.