Mayors Tackle Guns in TV Ad, But Should Obama Take Bait?


Advocates on both sides of the issue are talking about the unusually political Super Bowl ad featuring New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, says the Daily Beast. Wearing Giants and Patriots jerseys the two mayors, leaders of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told viewers, “We don't agree on much, but we both support the Second Amendment and believe America must do more to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.” The ad, which ran in selected local markets, apparently was intended to bring renewed attention to the issue and encourage President Obama to emphasize gun control in the upcoming election.

But advocating for gun control might be a mistake for Obama. It could stimulate gun-related interest groups, like the National Rifle Association, and encourage them to spend even more money to turn out the vote for Republican candidates.To all but the most hardline gun-rights advocates, Obama certainly hasn't looked much like a gun-grabbing, Second Amendment–hating bogeyman. In his first two years in office, Obama actually made the nation's gun laws more permissive. The Brady Center, the nation's leading gun-control organization, gave Obama an “F” grade on their Gun Violence Prevention Report Card.

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