NRA Versus Mayors Against Illegal Guns

By: Liza Park Email
By: Liza Park Email

Lately the economy and health care have taken over the headlines across the country. But the issue of gun control may be front page news very soon as the fight is re-surfacing in cities like Tallahassee.
The National Rifle Association is currently asking people to see if their mayor has joined the Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization... and if so, to ask him or her to resign from it.
Former NRA president Marion Hammer has asked Tallahassee Mayor John Marks to resign from the group.
"The organization doesn't really have anything to do with illegal guns. What they actually do is lobby against the rights of of law abiding gun owners," says Hammer.
But Marks says - not true. He says illegal guns are connected to crime.. like recent shootings in Tallahassee - one where two men were shot to death during a party at a hotel and another where three people, including a FAMU football player, were shot after a football game.. and one suspect is 17 years old - too young to lawfully buy or own a handgun.
"To keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists and that is the fundamental objective of this organization," says Marks.
Marks says the American Hunters and Shooters Association supports the mayors group and sent out letters this week claiming "the NRA has been sending false information about what Mayors Against Illegal Guns stands for" and says "to take them head on."
But Hammer insists the mayors group aims to strip gun rights and urges people to also ask Marks to leave the group.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns in 2006. It has more than 450 members. That includes 42 Florida mayors and six Georgia mayors. Marks and Valdosta's mayor John Fretti are among them.


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  • by Ana Condori Location: Wyoming on Oct 6, 2009 at 07:07 PM
    Bloomberg FTW. It was about time somebody took on the NRA and its lies.
  • by Kyle on Sep 22, 2009 at 07:14 AM
    MIchael Bloomberg founded the organization? Look up his relations with the very people running our nation that would like to see anyone who owns a gun put in prison and punished. This is all part of the agenda. These groups are pointless and warrantless and the people involved should be tried for treason. Your not taking away my rights as a gun owner, sorry not happening.
  • by story Location: perry on Sep 20, 2009 at 09:30 PM
    Do not let them take our constitonal right to bare arms. If more of the robbers and criminals were shot and killed by their victims that would be a deturant to crime.Dont think you will come in my home and make me a victim. YOU WILL BE SHOT!!! THATS MT RIGHT
  • by Perry on Sep 19, 2009 at 05:33 PM
    When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.... remember that. No criminal gets up in the morning with the intent to commit a crime and decides against it because the gun they were going to use is deemed illegal by a bunch of corrupt, paid -off politicians. Protect your rights.
  • by copydoc68 Location: tallahassee on Sep 19, 2009 at 07:34 AM
    don't stop with the mayors. bill nelson voted FOR cass susstain. he lied to me telling me he is an avid hunter and such and voted for him anyway. cass is a anti-hunter and anti-gun owner and is FOR animal rights. cass was voted in as one of the messiah's czars a little over a week ago. guns don't kill people, people kill people. more people die in car crashes than gunshots.
  • by Trey Location: Tally on Sep 19, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    There will ALWAYS be "illegal guns" in the hands of criminals. There will always be "black markets" for anything illegal. We need to make sure that our rights to protect ourselves from theses punks are not taken away. PERIOD!
  • by Idiot on Sep 18, 2009 at 07:24 PM
    Guns become illegal when a criminal steals them or when used in a criminal manner. WCTV posted a short story not long ago about how legal gun owners commit less than 1/10 of 1% of all gun crimes. Every city and state in America is having the same problems with these "illegal guns". There is a common factor. Mostly young black males with more bullets than brains. WCTV ran a story on the AP talking about mass shootings at schools, but just the ones that got the media push. In those stories the dead totaled just a little under 120. Never once mentioning the over 500 school age kids in mostly black areas in Chitcago being shot in less than two years. I wonder what Miami Atlanta Jacksonville and all the other Major cities around our country deal with. Our elected oafficials are cowards when it comes to the truth about these violent crimes and race. Cowards being brow beat, job scared,fearing the rest of you people that know the truth are cowards and wont back them.
  • by gus Location: tally on Sep 18, 2009 at 09:55 AM
    Does anyone besides me see a connection within this story....race (and its not white)
  • by Minnesotan Location: Mn. on Sep 18, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    CharlesP It sounds like you speak from personal experience. I applaud your intentions for making the criminal the criminal. We need practical people in practical places making practical decisions from a hands on podium. Bloomberg shoots from the hip. His podium is preying on the fear of unknowing innocents. What the heII is an illegal gun? No one I know owns a full auto. Questions like: How and where do I get a full auto without rejoining the military are not being answered. Blatant terms of "illegal" are buzz words to alarm the unknowing and the defenseless gun fearing civilians. We all know politicians are like car salesman. Where are they when the car breaks down....out cashing your check. I don't blame the anti's for their views. They are entitled just as I am. The politicians pass the laws that infringe on our constitutional rights. Ask Australian politicians to explain the 46% gun crime increase since they banned all guns. They can't and neither will Bloomberg.
  • by Kyle on Sep 18, 2009 at 06:32 AM
    it will get to the point where there will be mass protests, and when they bring blackwater ( THEY WILL ) to detain the protesters, blackwater will die, aswell as anyone else who gets in the way of the american people. OUR military doesnt even stand a chance against the people. If only 40% of us take to the streets to take our contry back thats 120 million people, goodluck jailing or detaining that many people. You think they are being corrupt now, wait till they force vaccinate you with illegal toxic compounds and nerve disease containing "swine flu" vaccines. Wait till they mark you and you cant go to the bank, grocery store, cell phone store, cant pay your bills and cant buy gas or leave the county without your mark stating you voluntarily commited suicide by takeing thier vaccine. Wait till they tell you when and how much food water and gas you can use every day. Wait till the tax on air comes, cap and trade is on the way.
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