Bloomberg Appears With Boston Mayor In Super Bowl Commercial Urging Gun Control

NEW YORK (AP / CBSNewYork) – The mayors of New York and Boston are rooting for opposing teams in the Super Bowl. But they’re on the same side when it comes to pushing for stricter gun-control laws.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb On The Story

That’s why New York City’s Michael Bloomberg and Boston’s Thomas Menino have filmed a gun-control commercial that will air during Sunday’s big game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

“Despite the great rivalry between Boston and New York that will certainly be played out in Technicolor on Sunday, what we wanted to show was that the mayors of both these great cities agree, as most Americans do, that we just need to repair our broken background check system in the United States,” Bloomberg advisor John Feinblatt told WCBS 880 reporter Rich Lamb.

The ad was shot Tuesday and will be shown in the Northeast, not nationally.

It shows the two mayors sitting on a couch as if they’re watching the game. They’re wearing Giants and Patriots jerseys over their shirts and ties.

Bloomberg and Menino are founders of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The group has pushed for a stronger federal background check system.

Feinblatt says 81 percent of gun owners support universal background checks.

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  • James Chandler

    More blather from two world class idiots. Bloomturd should try to clean up his own city before he tries to push gun control on anyone else. These liberal twits STILL fail to see that laws affect only those willing to abide by them. Criminals, by the very definition, have illegal guns and don’t care about these stupid laws. They only control the law abiding citizen, the ones to whom the Second Amendment was directed. These clowns are simply trying to control people and assert their power. Remember that without the Second Amendment there wouldn’t be any others. Politicians fear an armed populace. That’s why so-called “liberals want to control guns. They are afraid that they won’t be able to keep the citizenry under their thumbs.

  • Joe Botz

    Hey Bloom-J how about you get rid ofyour NYPD Detail and walk the areas of NYC that he never would have the balls to walk through!
    Or I’ll make it short and sweet walk Rikers Island worst Jail of many on the island, without a night stick and with a mini-mag flashlight as Corrections Officers have been doing working for the City! you sinking constitutional rights grabbing fool. Have your dumb arse DA have a no plea agreement policy, predicate felons 3 your gone life no beny’s weight room commisary etc. fffn hard time you libtards! I servered my Country since a kid in the Marines walked thewalk at Rikers etc. Do you get it penal colony in Alaska,,though at one time Rikers met the definition of a penal colony, Complex,,,wish we had more to try to swim the currents :) but wait they are poor souls wo a frontal lobe,,If you an’t do the time don’t do th crime homey,,now no more excuses my American’s with African DNA,,,for I did well with it,,no excuses!

  • HDB

    The Judge in Georgia yesterday(Feb 4th) turned tail and dumped the American People in the sewer ! He had a chance to declare Obgarbage illegal and instead went along with the Dems and where do we stand now ?? We are in a state of decline and only the 2nd Amendment is going to give us any backing. Those two anti-gun Mayors, along with Husein must be removed.

    • Joe Botz

      That’s not the recent Judge killed this weekend?

  • Truth and Freedom

    Billionaire Bloomberg and his anti-gun cronies at “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” (MAIG) simply blame others for their failure and refusal to deal effectively with violent crime and criminals. Bad people, not inanimate objects (like firearms) which are incapable of committing crime, are the problem. Fortunately, violent crime rates have dropped to record low levels in recent years while Congress and state legislatures are protecting and even restoring the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms for self-defense.

    While MAIG’s claim to support laws that will lead to a reduction in crime rings hollow, perhaps a better expenditure of their time would be to focus their “crime-fighting” efforts on their own members.

    Among MAIG’s members, many have run afoul of the law themselves, having been indicted, arrested, or convicted of crimes ranging from obstruction of justice and resisting arrest, to extortion, to assault, to bond violations, to bribery, and theft.

    Glenn Harlan Reynolds, the Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law, sums this up well when he recently noted, “A recent study found that mayors belonging to Bloomberg’s group have been arrested at a much higher rate than Tennessee handgun-carry permit holders, for crimes ranging from perjury and embezzlement to child sexual assault. But there’s no background check for politicians.” There probably isn’t time prior to Sunday’s big game to revamp the ad, but if Bloomberg and MAIG truly want to take a bite out of crime, perhaps they should first police themselves.

  • Juan Huhnandez

    funny thing is, neither team play in their respective cities.

  • Gun owner

    John, if someone was to break in to your home and were armed with a weapon , how would you defend your self? I can say that 2x while driving , the fact that I was armed saved my ass from crazed road ragers who thought twice about their actions once they saw the business end of My handgun. I will not be a victim like you will be sometime in your life sir.

  • John

    Buying a concealable handgun is about as easy as buying a pair of slacks in certain states…just wait a week, then sell to anyone. No other civilized society does this…what do people need handguns for unless you work in a high risk category (ie, security guards who handle tons of cash). Even then it isn’t concealed…

    If you’re sincere about stopping violent crime, please stop this 2nd amendment nonsense (which really refers to “Long Arms” or rifles).

    • Pete Lanteri

      Your exactly the type of sheep the anti gun lobby likes John! Why don’t you research the stats. Guns save more people than they kill.

    • B

      And those states tend to have less crime then these “gun free” utopias that these wannabe dictators try to establish. There doesn’t have to be a “need”, because it’s a RIGHT. Criminals don’t care where you are or who you are and I’d rather be ABLE to protect myself then be a sheep who would rather let themselves or a family member die without a fighting chance. On top of ALL OF THAT, the 2nd Amendment is the ONLY right that directly states “shall not be infringed” as it had to do with being able to ‘handle’ an out of control government which people like you, seem to want. Get out of here. FIREARMS save plenty of lives without even a shot being fired. Please realize that there are plenty of people who don’t care whether you live or die and over the past years those people seem to be politicians and criminals. By the way, does freedom of the press only refer to quill pens? Didn’t think so.

    • Mike

      John, what part of “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” specifies long guns? If you’re serious about stopping violent crime, please stop trying to infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens who value their constitutional right to self-defense over this feel-good piffle.

      • John

        Yeah, ok jack….according to your interpretation, all 300 million Americans are part of a militia and should be packing.

        Boy, I feel safer already…

        • Rick

          According the Supreme Court of the US during the Heller case:

          “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. ”

          Additionally, the court has specifically ruled that a ban on handguns is unconstitutional since earlier rulings have already decided that firearms “in common use at the time” are protected under the second amendment. Furthermore, the definition of the militia has already been clearly defined by the US code:

          10 USC Sec. 311

          (a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

          (b) The classes of the militia are –

          (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and

          (2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

          Even if the second amendment was somehow to be interpreted to apply only to members of the militia, it would still protect the rights of all able bodied US males from ages 17 to 45.

        • JBlake

          John – why does Bloomberg have a carry permit? Most people in NYC that have permits are celebs – Bloombergs rich friends and they have bodyguards!
          Who is supposed to protect me? The cops! try calling one as you are getting beat up! The courts have ruled that the job of the police is to protect society as a whole – not the individual – unless you are Bloomberg, Schumer or one of their cronies

        • jpcmt

          Not only does the 2nd Amendment mention a right already established, it says that pre-existing right to keep and bear arms should be applied towards the security of a free state. How hard is that to understand. Also, because of jackwagons like you supporting the erosion of basic rights, the SCOTUS has specified that the 2nd Amendment does apply to the individual’s not a collective right let alone something for “the militia.” You need to get robbed or burglarized or have a loved one be assaulted and you’ll quickly realize like many realistic people that your right to self defense is YOUR responsibility, not our government’s, and like was stated above, the cops are not required to protect you..legally, they aren’t.

  • P.Doyle

    “They”, politicians like Messrs. Bloomberg and Menino continue to pursue flawed policy. They wish to control “illegal” guns. They pass laws which do nothing to control illegal guns ( people who have illegal guns are by definition “outlaws”….the laws have no effect on them since outlaws do not obey them in any case.).
    The real effect of the laws is to restrict the ability (and right) of law abiding folk to possess a firearm.
    They, the Mayors and their ilk, could take every single legal and registered firearm away from licensed citizens and there would still be illegal guns. The analogy to illegal drugs is apt. It is illegal, and has been for many years, to possess, use, sell, etc, drugs like heroin or cocaine. Do we still have a drug problem? Yes.

    • JBlake

      The war on drugs worked real well for them!
      It’s all about control!
      They like it when the sheep are dependant on them!

  • Amused but not misled

    More money wasted! Enforce the laws we already have.

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