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 MAIG and NYC Spokesman John McCarthy (courtesy

Despite major media hub-bub, the overall membership of the anti-gun group known as the Mayors Against Illegal Guns is not decreasing. Yes, some 50 mayors have dropped out of MAIG (e.g., Sioux City’s Bob Scott). But according to “a spokesman for Bloomberg’s office,” the group is growing. “Membership has actually increased by more than 50 percent from one year ago. We now have more than 1,000 mayors in the coalition nationwide, compared to 650 last year.” Wait. Shouldn’t that John McCarthy [above] be labeled a spokesman for MAIG not Mayor Bloomberg’s office? Yup . . .

Amid evidence that MAIG’s using City resources to further Bloomberg’s anti-ballistic bent, the Second Amendment Foundation and Gun Talk Radio gun guy Tom Gresham filed a Freedom of Information request to see who’s paying for what. [Press release below.] Not that Bloomberg won’t repay the money and shrug it off. Still . . .

The nice thing about vanity projects is that they tend to die off with their sponsor. Sure, Bloomberg is apt to create an anti-gun foundation that will be a thorn in the side of gun rights advocates for the next 100 years. But MAIG will eventually die out, as members continue to realize that being against “illegal” guns means being against guns.

And that means being against the U.S. Constitution and a whole bunch of highly motivated, politically active voters. Meanwhile, the Colorado recall can’t come soon enough. And the more money Bloomberg/MAIG pump into that referendum on gun control, the more residents will resent it. In theory . . .


BELLEVUE, WA – The public advocate for the City of New York has told the Second Amendment Foundation that it will need additional time to comply with a Freedom of Information Law request seeking documents and records related to Mayors Against Illegal Guns and “communications with gun control advocacy organizations.”

The files, which initially were to have been provided by July 26 will now, according to a letter from Calvin J. Rodman, records access officer for the city, be provided by Aug. 9.

SAF Special Projects Director Philip Watson said this is encouraging news for two reasons. First, he explained, it means the city is responding to the SAF request and second, it indicates there may be a considerable amount of information about the city’s dealings with MAIG.

SAF made the request in cooperation with the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and Tom Gresham, host of the nationally-syndicated “Gun Talk.”

“It was bad enough to learn via CBS News that the MAIG website was being hosted on a city-owned server, and administered by city employees,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb, “but it also appears that a special counselor in the mayor’s office was sent to lobby in Nevada on behalf of MAIG’s gun control agenda.”

The New York Post and Politico both published reports last month that Mayor Bloomberg sent counselor Christopher Kocher to Nevada, and that in an apparent attempt to conceal who he worked for, Kocher reportedly removed his City Hall e-mail address from the state of Nevada lobbying-registration Web site.

SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb is disappointed the city could not meet its own original deadline, but with the prospect of getting all of the information requested, “I can be a little more patient.”

“We’re not going to wait indefinitely, of course,” he stated. “The mayor’s office has an obligation to provide the information requested, because the public has a right to know what’s been going on.”

The Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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  1. I thought I heard the sound of hard-drives being dumped & reformatted as well as shredders running all night.

    They will hand over a 1″ thick binder that has crayon scribbled on cardborard with pictures of unicorns prancing in a utopian world with chocolate bullets and licorice guns.

  2. MAIG tanking? MAIG is like a bad case of genital herpes — you can’t get rid of it. And if you think that MAIG will expire when Bloombag expires, think again. Beatrice Joyce Kean died in 1972, but the eponymous Joyce Foundation soldiers on, ruining up everything it touches.

  3. In terms of effectiveness MAIG is tanking, they can’t seem to get anything done. They’re probably requesting more time to fabricate some kind of loophole between MAIG and NYC. I wouldn’t trust any numbers they throw out there, though, they are notorious liars. Bloomberg is too good to pay any attention to the law.

  4. TO: John McCarthy
    RE: Heh

    Let’s see the demographics, Johnny boyo.


    [Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.]

    • Chuck,

      Initially your memo format was a little off-putting, but its kind of grown on me. It has become your “thing”.

  5. A whole 1,000 mayors huh!? How many cities and towns are their in this country? Is it just people with the title of mayor or do first selectmen/women get to play too? But yea, 1,000. They are going places.

  6. Bloomie is so egotistical that he will give up all information as he is an “untouchable” !!

    Just my $.02

    • The man is a tiny little Napoleonic asshat. He’s untouchable like the Titanic was unsinkable. Lets just hope he meets the right “Iceberg”, whomever or whatever that is.

  7. 1,000 mayors. I’d bet that the majority are in NY (NYC burbs). NJ, New England, MD (Baltimore and DC burbs), IL (Chicago burbs), CO (Denver/Boulder and associated burbs), and CA (downstate).

  8. I hope the FOIA request reveals Bloomberg’s been siphoning NYC funds for his vanity organization and he gets busted hard for it. The funny thing about a lot of rich people – they’re stingy with their own money, but they have no problem spending someone else’s.


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