Judicial Watch has obtained via a lawsuit what the Second Amendment Foundation hasn’t gotten by request – records and e-mails showing the very tight relationship between the office of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) – and Wednesday’s report in The Blaze only scratches the surface of what those documents reveal.
SAF was joined in its request by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and Tom Gresham, host of the nationally-syndicated “Gun Talk.” The Judicial Watch lawsuit, filed in October, sought much of the same information: records relating to Bloomberg’s Mayors group after newspaper allegations that city resources had been used to support MAIG’s gun control efforts. Gun Free Zone suggests that they amount to "surfing in blood."
Judicial Watch had originally filed a Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL) request in January 2013, and the lawsuit was filed Oct. 4 with the New York Supreme Court. SAF’s FOIL request was filed in late June.
Examiner has read through more than 500 pages of documents released by The Blaze on Wednesday, and they are revealing. Bloomberg was one of the first people to react to, and attempt to capitalize on, the tragedy and early the following morning, Dec. 15, 2012, MAIG’s Mark Glaze sent an e-mail to John Feinblatt, Bloomberg’s chief advisor, with suggestions on “keeping the mayor ahead of congress, the white house (sic), the press.”
“The mayor can uniquely demand” the attention of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, the e-mail advised. “he (sic) could ask to meet next week, possibly bringing survivors with him.”
On pushing Congress, Glaze observed, “this (sic) time is only different if we get some unexpected converts.” He also recommended new public service announcements featuring survivors and possibly celebrities.
The documents include a six-page memo from David Cohen, senior advisor at the Council for a Livable World that offers advice on “ways to sustain a campaign to gain comprehensive gun control as a national policy and deal with related ways to combat the culture of violence.”
Throughout the documents are strong indications that Bloomberg’s office staff was working very closely with MAIG, and at one point, Feinblatt wanted some metrics to account for all the money being spent.
“We are pouring money into this effort and I can’t answer the most basic questions – money raised, petitions sent, names acquired etc.,” Feinblatt wrote in a Dec. 22 memo, just over one week after the Sandy Hook shooting. “There is no sure recipe for the money drying up than to be caught empty handed when asked how are we performing. Please do everything you can to fix this.”
These communications are reminiscent of the e-mail exchanges between members of former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s staff that were obtained by SAF last year, revealing the same gun control mindset. SAF obtained those documents, all relating to McGinn's gun buyback, under a Public Records Act request, but later had to sue the city because not all of the sought records had been turned over. Late last month, Seattle settled that lawsuit for $38,000 just days before McGinn left office.
The Bloomberg documents obtained by Judicial Watch included several pages of expenditures and one $7.65 expense on May 30, 2012 logged by MAIG stands out. It was used to purchase an “NRA magazine.”
As a reminder to readers, this column will be reporting from Las Vegas next week during the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. It’s the largest firearms industry trade show in North America and possibly the biggest in the world.