Bloomberg’s Gun-Limits Coalition Grows, but Finds a Hard Sell in Washington

January 26, 2011  |  

(New York Times) — In the spring of 2006, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and 14 other mayors from across the country stood at Gracie Mansion and announced that they would take up the fight for stricter gun regulation, vowing to raise the pressure on a volatile national issue.  “If the leadership won’t come from Congress or come from the White House,” Mr. Bloomberg said, “then it has to come from us.” Nearly five years later, Mr. Bloomberg has used his political bully pulpit and personal wealth to promote and expand his coalition,Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which now claims more than 550 members. And the issue of gun control has helped elevate his national profile.

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