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Bloomberg group grades lawmakers’ gun votes

gunNEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition will now rate lawmakers on their gun records, the coalition’s director said.

The coalition of more than 900 mayors across the country was expected to announce a scoring system Tuesday, with grades of A through F, much like those of the National Rifle Association, Director Mark Glaze told The Washington Post.

“For decades, the NRA has done an admirable job of tracking to minute detail how members of Congress stand on gun bills. We’ve simply decided to do the same,” Glaze said.

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told the Post the Mayors Against Illegal Guns scoring system would likely not have the same effect as the NRA’s.

“The reason NRA scorecards are effective is that they have the weight of approximately 5 million dues-paying members and tens of millions of other supporters behind them,” he told the Post.

“We’ll take that over the purse of one billionaire any day of the week and twice on Sunday,” he added.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns says it has more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters, which it says makes it the nation’s largest gun violence prevention advocacy group.

The scoring system is part of Bloomberg’s move to establish Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which he largely finances, as a powerful counterbalance to the NRA, the Post said.

The group also was expected to start airing a 60-second commercial Tuesday featuring Neil Heslin, the father of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, one of the 20 schoolchildren killed in the Dec. 14 mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The group is spending more than $1 million to air the spot in areas where it can target Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Daniel Coats, R-Ind., Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Kay Hagan, D-N.C., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Dean Heller, R-Nev., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Mary Landrieu, D-La., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., officials told the Post.

The group also plans to air a new TV spot in Pennsylvania focused on Toomey, who is negotiating a bipartisan deal to expand gun-purchase background checks with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., the officials said.

The ad highlights previous Toomey statements in favor of the idea and urges Pennsylvanians to phone his office to “demand action” when the background-check bill comes up for a vote, the Post said.

The Mayors Against Illegal Guns scoring system was developed partly because big political donors who support gun control wanted guidance about how to direct their contributions in upcoming election cycles, Glaze told the newspaper.

The next big election cycle is the 2014 midterm elections, when all 435 House members are up for election and a third of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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you are right, that is an old number. About 10 years ago there was a conservative estimate that there was over 300 million guns in private hands. After Obama took office I believe that number has risen.

You made a claim of there being 300 million gun supporters (as in people). Please back that up.

Lots of “allegedly” and “supposedly” in that link which links to another site. Seems like this is aimed at the mentally ill. “Those folks having their weapons and FID (firearm ID) cards confiscated have been discovered to have been prescribed multiple different types of psychotropic drugs, such as those for Depression or Anxiety. These are known as SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) class drugs and have the potential to cause serious and adverse side effects,”

@maybe-I think sick and stupd is gone.

I asked Maybe to confirm the accuracy of a figure that is obviously inaccurate – even if he counted babies and children who don’t have the capacity to form opinions on much aside from what they like to eat. At least that’s the way with my young children.

Funny how you two reacted to that simple request.

@Simple-if you are referring to me, my post had nothing to do with yours.

Okay, fair enough. Mine was the only post up to that point that was a challenge to @Maybe, so assumed his next post (including derogatory name) was to me.

maybe I think you are just this side of insane. that is what I think.

Let me get this right, I google gun confisgation and dozens of pages come up including some that say it has already started and you say I am borderline insane? I would say do your own research happy but you won’t, you are too afraid that I am right so you just deny everything. A person that is 100% in denial is the insane one. It might be that stupid left because she realized that maybe, just maybe she was wrong and I was right.

if she left it is because there are to many right wing, cold blooded, heartless morons on here. You maybe, LVS, Katie, and others are insane. I am through wasting my time trying to have an intelligent conversation with people who are as stupid and gullible as you. I am through wasting my time debating with you faux news worshipers. People that will use redstate, ammoland, and prisonplanet as a reliable source. People that sit in their bunkers at night with their lights out, looking out the window waiting for “they” to come. “They” who want to come and take all your freedoms away. Or “they” who will come knocking on you door looking for your guns. “They” who will come and start your imaginary civil war. Why will you never win the argument? Because you will waste the rest of your life waiting for “they” and “they” will never come!! It took me awhile to realize that it is much harder to be a liberal than a conservative. That is because it is much easier to give someone the finger than to lend a helping hand.

@maybe & happy guy-perhaps she left because she was deranged just like that happy guy. Or perhaps it was because she/he/it was posting under multiple names and calling people dirty names (that should surprise no one)and got her nasty butt banned. Who knows, but at least we are rid of a stupid, lying liberal who always denies the truth. That is what deranged liberals do you know.

Happy, I post links to all kinds of web sites from MSNBC to KIMT and yet you always say that they are not credidable. I don’t think there is any web site that you would accept. Let me ask you a question, do you believe that the government is giving amnesty to illegal aliens?

Did you hear about the knife attack in Texas today? What in the world are we going to do to prevent that from happening again? Huh?

Ban knives

Katie how many died you heartless bitch!!!

Wow-are you mad because you are losing the argument? You liberals have so many problems accepting the truth. It must really hurt to be wrong so much.

@happy guy-are you really that unhappy, little guy.

There are basically eight states that are so liberal they want to put in more gun control. Let them start their own country and make all the liberals move there and wallow in their own crap.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns says it has more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters, which it says makes it the nation’s… (largest gun violence prevention advocacy group).

So when your communistic ideas don’t stop/prevent gun violence, we came blame it on you and your puppet mayors.

1.5 million anti gun supporters against 300 million gun supporters. sounds like a cake walk to me.

You’re certain there are 300 million gun supporters? This is why so many comments on this site are so laughable.

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