Last Updated: July 22, 2013
After the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy, President Obama proposed 23 “executive actions” related to gun regulation – none of which, we are told, require congressional action.
President Obama decided in 2011 to bypass Congress and implement his policies by executive fiat. The president calls it his “We Can’t Wait” initiative.
But it is important to point out that President Obama is not the only politician who “can’t wait” to scrap the Second Amendment. This is a fight that is ongoing in thousands of municipalities nationwide — none bigger than New York City.
Judicial Watch filed a New York Freedom of Information Law request with Mayor Bloomberg’s office, seeking the mayor’s communications with an organization called Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). Bloomberg is a founding member of the group, which advocates for strict gun control laws.
The mayor’s office has yet to respond to Judicial Watch’s request, and it appears a FOIA lawsuit might be in the offing. But this delayed response has not stopped JW from pressing forward with its investigation. And here is a little bit about what JW investigators have discovered about the controversial Bloomberg operation:
This funding includes a matching requirement. The recipient of the award funds will be required to pay for all fringe benefits provided to the Regional Coordinator, and any salary paid to the Region
For example, according to a Memorandum of Understanding between MAIG and the City of Columbus uncovered by Judicial Watch:
This funding includes a matching requirement. The recipient of the award funds will be required to pay for all fringe benefits provided to the Regional Coordinator, and any salary paid to the Regional Coordinator in excess of $60,000. The award recipient will also be required to provide appropriate office space and any additional funds necessary beyond the $15,000 in travel support from UAIGSF. The award recipient shall direct the Coordinator to attend national Mayors Against Illegal Guns meetings and events on a regular basis.
And how is MAIG putting these taxpayer dollars to use?
Duties for the Columbus position include recruiting “25 new mayors in the region into the coalition” during the grant year. A separate Memorandum of Understanding between MAIG and the city of Orlando, also uncovered by Judicial Watch, outlines much loftier recruiting goals:
Now these agreements stipulate that “no portion of the grant may be used to support lobbying activities.” However, that seems to be a distinction without a difference, as the requirements for the position include:
So what does all of this mean?
“President Obama may be the ring leader in the attack on the Second Amendment, but he has thousands of foot soldiers in cities across America to do the gritty work of pushing the gun control agenda city by city,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “As these records show, municipalities are essentially responsible for paying part of the cost of recruiting new cities to join these anti-gun lobbying efforts. Judicial Watch is now analyzing the ethical and legal implications of this secretive campaign.”
Stay tuned as the battle over the Second Amendment is just beginning – and Judicial Watch is helping lead the fight for our freedom.
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