Why the New York City mayor’s campaign for gun control isn’t helping.
By John Dickerson|Posted Friday, March 29, 2013
Is Michael Bloomberg helping or hurting his cause? When the New York mayor’s organization, Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, launched its $12 million advertising campaign to pressure lawmakers into supporting gun control legislation, the negative reaction from the NRA was predictable, but a week after the launch, the reaction from potential allies has also been cool. Senators and staffers working on bipartisan legislation say that Bloomberg’s effort to mobilize voters is less effective because it is also energizing gun control opponents. It’s pressuring lawmakers in the wrong way, too. Any legislator targeted by Bloomberg’s campaign who ultimately supports gun control legislation will look like he or she is being bowled over by a nanny-state mayor who wants to tell their constituents how to live their lives.
Michael Bloomberg?s gun control campaign: The New York City mayor?s fight against gun rights advocates is making it hard for his allies to broker bipartisan legislation. - Slate Magazine