Well over six months ago we pointed out that Mayors Against Illegal Guns was using NYC resources to host their website. Now that it’s December and the mayor is on his way out the door, you’d think that Bloomberg would have stopped using taxpayer funds and resources to further his personal political campaign against a constitutionally protected civil right. But three seconds of looking into the issue proves otherwise . . .
The DNS for the Mayors Against Illegal Guns website (mayorsagainstillegalguns.org) uses New York City’s nameservers to redirect traffic. Still. Here’s the dig +trace output for anyone who’s interested:
mayorsagainstillegalguns.org. 900 IN A 18.104.22.168
mayorsagainstillegalguns.org. 900 IN NS vwall3a.nyc.gov.
mayorsagainstillegalguns.org. 900 IN NS vwall4a.nyc.gov.
mayorsagainstillegalguns.org. 900 IN NS vwall2a.nyc.gov.
mayorsagainstillegalguns.org. 900 IN NS vwall1a.nyc.gov.
;; Received 221 bytes from 22.214.171.124#53(vwall4a.nyc.gov) in 68 ms
For those who don’t speak DNS, the NS records indicate that the mayorsagainstillegalguns.org domain is using servers hosted by NYC.gov to direct people to the main website (126.96.36.199). As for who owns that IP address? Three guesses . . .
OrgName: The City of New York
Address: 2 Metrotech Center 2nd Fl
Yep, the IP address for the server where MAIG’s website is hosted is owned by the city of New York.
I can’t say I’m surprised that Bloomberg believes that his subjects should foot the bill for his campaign to eliminate private firearm ownership in the United States, since that’s just kind of authoritarian stance he’s show such a penchant for. What does surprise me is that no one has pointed out how disgusting it is for a billionaire to continue to use public money to advocate for a political position that at least some of his constituents don’t agree with.
Would the city of New York be OK with their mayor using public resources to wipe out the scourge of free speech? Homosexuality? How about if he was arguing against a woman’s right to choose? But apparently it’s OK to use public funds and resources to advocate against the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights. Huh. [h/t SS]