By AWR Hawkins
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.--(Ammoland.com)- Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik says he cut ties with Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) when he realized MAIG’s ultimate goal was “to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens.”
Spelling out his views in a February 5th op-ed, Tkazyik wrote:
I’m Mayor of one of the largest cities in the Hudson Valley, just 90 minutes north of New York City. I’m a life member of the National Rifle Association and a former member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, or MAIG, started by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2006.
I’m no longer a member of MAIG. Why? Just as Ronald Reagan said of the Democrat Party, it left me. And I’m not alone: Nearly 50 pro-Second Amendment mayors have left the organization. They left for the same reason I did. MAIG became a vehicle for Bloomberg to promote his personal gun-control agenda–violating the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and taking resources away from initiatives that could actually work to protect our neighborhoods and save some precious lives. [...]
It did not take long to realize that MAIG’s agenda was much more than ridding felons of illegal guns; that under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intended to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens.
Tkazyik said he doesn’t believe “encroaching on our right to bear arms” makes anyone safer. Thus, he refuses to be part of MAIG.
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