Yesterday’s debut of the Second Amendment Foundation’s “Gun Owners Against Illegal Mayors” spread across the Internet with shockwave ferocity, especially on gun rights forums, where gleeful gun owners are cheering.
SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb may have struck the right chord and a raw nerve at the same time with his advertisement that he plans to run in magazines and newspapers. His group’s exposure of the criminal misconduct of so many members of an organization that has endeavored to demonize and criminalize law-abiding gun owners may be pure political theater, but it is getting rave reviews from its intended audience.
They’re talking about it at Northwest Firearms, Seattle Guns, Defensive Carry, WaGuns, Gun Rights Media, Northeast Shooters and Shooters Northwest. Likewise, Ammo Land has a piece, and it is being discussed at Arms and the Law, Extranosalley and other places.
So, just who are some of these Illegal Mayors that joined early with New York’s Michael Bloomberg and Boston’s Tom Menino to lobby for tighter restrictions on law-abiding gun owners, ostensibly to thwart criminals with guns? Let’s meet a colorful trio.
Larry Langford is the former mayor of Birmingham, Ala. Elected by a landslide in 2007, according to the Huffington Post, he was “automatically removed from office” when he was convicted in 2009 of 60 counts including bribery after a jury deliberated for only a couple of hours. Langford’s wife, Melva, immediately tried to play the race card, claiming that “In Alabama, black people will never get a fair trial.” However, one of Langford’s defense attorneys, Glennon Threatt, said race had nothing to do with the verdict, according to the HuffPo story. Larry pulled a long stretch, and he is now forever disqualified from owning a firearm.
Then there’s former Guttenberg, NJ Mayor David Delle Donna. He earned a stay in federal prison for tax evasion and extortion back in 2008. The icing on his cake is that his wife, Anna, was also sentenced to prison for the same crimes, including conspiracy to commit extortion and for failing to report some $30,000 in income, according to the account at NJ.com. Their felony convictions erased their gun rights forever.
For those who like “children’s stories,” the tale of former Racine, Wis. Mayor Gary Becker will make you gag. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story about this creep, “Two weeks before he was due to be sentenced for child sex crimes, former Racine Mayor Gary Becker visited the juniors section of a Racine department store and purchased small-size lingerie.”
Because of his little shopping trip, Becker lost an opportunity for probation and was instead sentenced to three years in prison. Don’t worry about keeping him out of gun shops, just keep him away from toy stores.
SAF researched these and other members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and found some startling criminal activity. Former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels was a founding member of MAIG and his successor, Mike McGinn, is also a member. There is no indication that either of them have been involved in the kinds of activities that put their former colleagues in jail.
Gottlieb yesterday estimated that a far higher percentage of MAIG members have been sacked for serious crimes than citizens with concealed carry permits. The temptation to cross the moral, ethical and legal lines may be much stronger among those with political power than among those who are often maligned for “wanting the power of life and death in a holster.”
Private citizens appear to be far more responsible with their “power” than public officials who seem to have a habit of abusing theirs.
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