New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group is dropping more than $250,000 on cable TV ads featuring surveillance video from the 1999 Columbine High School massacre to urge the Senate to put new restrictions on gun sales, reports the New York Daily News. The ads say four guns used in the mass killings were bought at gun shows, where people can buy firearms without getting background checks.
First aired yesterday, the 11th anniversary of the Columbine killings, the ads run on national cable networks and in Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Virginia to target senators there. New York City spent $1.5 million last year on private detectives who went undercover at gun shows and bought weapons even after telling the sellers they wouldn’t have passed a background check. Bloomberg and his Mayors Against Illegal Guns group say the loophole allows firearms to end up in the hands of criminals. National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said background checks at gun shows would take too long and impede the rights of legal gun owners.