Mayors Against Illegal Guns Shows That Liberals’ Goals Are Worse Than They Say

Since I know Michael Bloomberg is an anti-gun zealot, I am not surprised that his Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization is an anti-second-amendment lobbying group. Of course, the name of that group could be given a less dramatic interpretation. It could be an organization that opposes the minors having handguns where they are illegal, or opposes ex-cons getting guns.

Even much of that is too much to my mind. I’ve never understood why felons who have served their time to do not get their right to bear arms restored along with the rest of their freedoms. Still, to be “against illegal guns” does not mean one wants to further whittle away at the Second Amendment, but only to enforce the prohibitions that are already in place.

And it seems some mayors joined Bloomberg’s group without thinking that it was a campaign to ban guns.

As a result, we have first-hand testimony now that Mayors Against Illegal Guns is more than a gun banning group.

According to, the mayor of Poughkeepsie, New York, John Tkazyik was a member of the National Rifle Association who also joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

But he is no longer a member of the second group.

If I had heard of Tkazyik joining Bloomberg’s group, I would have thought him naïve. But because he joined I now know that I am the one who was naïve. Tkazyik says he has now quit, not because Mayors Against Illegal Guns wanted to ban firearms, but because their goal was to take them by force from legal gun owners. He wrote:

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.

Confiscating guns.

Banning the sale or the public carrying of firearms would be a criminal and lawless act—a direct violation of the Constitution. But confiscating them would be so much more extreme. The duty would fall to police and we already know what that would look like, or else it would be the job of the ATF, which would also be horrible.

Does anyone think that Michael Bloomberg is substantially worse the Barack Obama? I don’t. If Bloomberg wants confiscation there is no reason to think the Obama or Attorney General Eric Holder wants anything less than that.

And what else is on the Liberal wish list? If they want more than they admit then one can be confident that their true goals for American politics and culture are far worse than what they admit.