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Mayor Blasts NRA Leadership at Start of St. Louis Convention

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As thousands of gun-loving Americans (and the politicians who crave their votes, including GOP-presidential candidates Mit Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum) descend on St. Louis today for the start of the NRA Annual Convention, one city mayor isn't having any of it.

Conveniently that mayor is not St. Louis' own Francis Slay. Nope. The mayor with the beef with the NRA is Michael Bloomberg, the political leader of the nation's largest city.

In an opinion piece today in the Daily Beast, the New York mayor blasts the leadership of the NRA for being out of touch with its members -- and society at large -- by refusing to concede on sensible gun legislation designed to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.

Writes Bloomberg:
As the National Rifle Association gathers in St. Louis for its annual convention, I have a message for its members that its leadership doesn't want them to hear: I agree with you. And it's time for the NRA's Washington-based leadership to start listening to you.

To hear most pundits and political strategists tell it, Americans are hopelessly divided by guns. But we're not. Polls show that NRA members, and gun owners generally, overwhelmingly support common sense steps to ensure that guns are kept out of the hands of criminals...

The problem is that those who claim to speak for gun owners in Washington--including the leadership of the NRA--are out of sync with their members. They are interested in pushing a political ideology, not protecting public safety--and nowhere is that more evident than in the NRA's advocacy for "Stand Your Ground" laws.
Bloomberg goes on to discuss the Trayvon Marton tragedy (a topic that's casting a pall over this year's NRA meeting) and how the passage of "Stand Your Ground" laws (also known as "Shoot First" legislation) have led to a double and tripling of "justifiable homicide" cases in states like Florida, Georgia and Texas.

As a member of the coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Bloomberg writes that he is pushing for "common sense reform" that would close loopholes (like the unchecked sale of weapons at gun shows) that allow criminals easy access to deadly weapons.
Mayors join the coalition because we don't have the luxury of viewing the gun issue as an endless ideological debate. We are pragmatists and problem-solvers, and our first responsibility is protecting public safety. When criminals illegally possess and use guns, people rightly hold us accountable for stopping it. We support the Second Amendment, but we don't hide behind it.
For what it's worth, St. Louis' Francis Slay is also a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. But unlike Bloomberg, he's been fairly mute on the NRA's convention here this weekend (probably because of the millions of dollars its expected to generate for the city). He has weighed in -- somewhat -- on the Trayvon Martin controversy. Read his blog post on that topic here.

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Rudy_Timmel
Rudy_Timmel

Bloomberg is the quintessential jack-booted thug. That anyone considers anything he spews as worthy is amazing.And the term "gun loving" is a great example of the intellectually lazy types that think Bloomberg deserves credibility.

And to be upset over an increase in JUSTIFIABLE uses of Stand Your Ground shows that iot is Bloomberg who is out of touch. Maybe he and Chad Garrison need some time in a St. Louis motel room to strategize and bond on some more anti-2nd Amendment codswallop.

nocalls
nocalls

The mayor says, "keep your big *** convention out of our city.  As soon as we get rid of the Rams all of our convention center buildings can rest in peace."

Fuck-suburbs
Fuck-suburbs

I have always been curious about exactly how small the penis is in your average gun toting rambo wannabe lunatic. You know what they say the bigger the gun the small the package. Guess all of you crazy ass knuckleheads have to make up for your inadequacies somehow, although I would guess that your wives solve it in different way, namely banging REAL men who don't feel the need to always be packing heat like gutless turds. Idiots.

Fuck-suburbs
Fuck-suburbs

A bunch of crazy fucks getting together at an NRA convention, so whats news here?

Smithjones
Smithjones

Well here in St Louis we have this problem that Franny refuses to deal with and thats all them darn Knuckle Heads going around terrorizing law abiding citizens. Maybe its just anomaly by the words of Silly Hall here in St Louis.

Ed Golterman
Ed Golterman

Really deceptive headline. You are all getting too cute.  Francis has not acknowledged the convention. He does cartwheels over to the convention center for others. Mr. Inconsistency.

clokendaggir
clokendaggir

Aside from the fact that almost no one (except the RFT…of course) cares about Bloomberg’s comments, his "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" organization is, by virtue of its horrible misnomer, one of the most misguided and politically biased spreaders of misinformation since the Brady Campaign.  Mayor Slay is right to keep mum.  US citizens want the right to keep and bear arms and they are voting with their pocketbooks every year with increasing frequency.  Politicians that want to infringe on that right will quickly be voted out of office.

Slobray
Slobray

Bloomturd's "common sense reform" is that no one has a gun except his personal body guards.  He needs to change the name of his organization from "mayor against illegal guns" to "Tyrants against personal protection"

Chas Holman
Chas Holman

I am a 60 yr old man who has progressive bone disease. I was on daily morphine until it started destroying my liver and causing me to undergo surgeries in the ER to cut the poo put of me (morphine, you have to love it).

I eat cannabis daily now in lieu of the worlds strongest and most deadly narcotics, this DEFENDS ME FROM HARM...

Yet in the eyes of a LOT of states rights and gun owners folks, they would toss me in jail. I don't have the right to defend and protect myself this way. It makes a great many 'angry' so they don;t like it and I shouldn't do it (regardless of what my doctor and two surgeons think).

Yet it is ok to kill another person if you feel they are causing you harm. But if you eat an herb in lieu of the worlds most deadly narcotics, you need to go to jail,

I'll be right on board this whole states rights gig (actually I already am, but you get the point I hope), and back gun owners rights to pack an arsenal if they deem they need, if the same folks buck up and admit folks like I share the same right. Especially when it comes to protecting our own safety,

Shabadoo
Shabadoo

so we refer to new york's mayor as simply "mayor" now?  when i hear mayor i think franny boy slay

Rudy_Timmel
Rudy_Timmel

I've always been curious why so many gutless turds like Fuck-suburbs obsesses over the size of gun owners genitalia? They're always complaining thaqt it's too small.Obviously Fuck-suburbs is a Size Queen and can never get his fill.He abhors law-abiding citizens carrying guns because he knows that they can stop his trolling the playgrounds. tsk-tsk.

Pokey
Pokey

Your favorite people, the savage, voodoo, barbarian, colored negros carry guns, bet you wouldn't say they have tiny penises would you? I'd be willing to bet you'd suck Yadarius's penis and rub it all over your face.

Rudy_Timmel
Rudy_Timmel

While you continue to be the chapter president of the local NAMBLA. Go figure.

Fuck-suburbs
Fuck-suburbs

I guess he should have given them all complimentary tickets to the Opera house or something fuckstick?

shabadoo
shabadoo

they wont be voted out in the city of st. louis, but slay will keep quite to keep convention dollas flowin

SaintLouisRon
SaintLouisRon

 Who cares what Bloomie or Frannie have to say. Don't really care. And as far as this ad for Billy Marr, if he ever says anything funny I may consider going to see him. But for now I'll be at the NRA Convention.

Fuck-suburbs
Fuck-suburbs

No stupid, that would be your toothless girlfriend that does that. But don't worry, it doesn't mean she doesn't love you, it is just all of the crack rocks she gets for banging for the gang and stoopin for the troops. Idiot.

Rudy_Timmel
Rudy_Timmel

Bet that would make your sore gay ass happy!

Rudy_Timmel
Rudy_Timmel

So as a colostomy bag with ears, how often do you have to bend over to release some of the pressure by sucking protein through a glory hole?

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