US Mayors Take on Gun Control... During the Super Bowl

Monday, February 06, 2012

As famous for its commercials as the big game itself, this year the Super Bowl premiered an ad starring New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Tom Menino. The thirty-second spot promoted Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition group of 600 mayors organized to promote urban safety by preventing the flow of illegal weapons into cities across the United States. While the ad may have seemed out of place alongside ads for cars, websites, and beers, the message it promoted was, in many ways, as uncontroversial as the aforementioned products.

Dan Baum, a contributor to Harper’s Magazine who’s writing a book about guns and the people who love them, joins the program to discuss the reactions to this high-profile spot.


Dan Baum

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [3]

Peter from New York, NY

I'm a gun owner and I have no problem with background checks and support keeping guns out of the hands of convicted violent felons and mentally ill people. But Baum is 100% right that this issue is not about public safety and guns are not the issue - it's about control. It's about the right to self determination and the ability to defend oneself vs handing the keys to our lives over to the state. Bloomberg simply doesn't want ANYONE owning guns, perhaps with very narrow exceptions for target shooting and hunting in very, very tightly controlled circumstances. He is certainly a bald faced liar when he claims to be a supporter of the Second Amendment (as if he has a choice when it comes to "supporting" the constitution).

How do I know this? Am I being paranoid? No. All you need to do is look at the laws on the books in places like NYC and NJ that people like Bloomberg support. Law abiding people seeking to purchase a firearm in these locations must go through needless and endless red tape and delays. So who is being "unreasonable" and "extremist?"

Feb. 06 2012 04:22 PM

Is this the closest we will get to a discussion of the Fast & Furious Congressional hearings last week?
"That is so interesting" yet ignored.

Feb. 06 2012 03:03 PM
Keith from Pittsburgh, PA

There are some very serious issues that gun owners have when the pro-gun control activists and politicians call for "common sense" gun control laws. In the past, when a "common sense" gun control law was enacted it was sold to the public as just one measure to protect people. Of course it was never simply one measure, but the opening salvo of a raft of laws that followed this one measure that in the end was not effective.

When the pro-gun activists and politicians proposed laws pursuing felons that were caught with guns, the left decried those efforts as being discriminatory and "ineffective" at dealing with the violent crime problem.

If Mayor Bloomberg and others want the support of the Americans that are opposed to their city gun regulations, then they have to start a real dialog of compromise and proof that they are willing to accept what many consider as common sense. Recent news stories have covered the fact that several Americans with gun licenses were caught in possession of guns in NYC. They were not intending to violate the law, but were following the rules that they know from their own states. A compromise from Bloomberg and other mayors would start with their accepting of licensed gun owners visiting their cities. If they is accepted, then there could be more acceptance of more background verifications of those purchasing firearms. These mayors have to give a little more than merely claiming to support the Second Amendment.

Feb. 06 2012 11:43 AM

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