Last week, Mayor Bloomberg lost crucial support in his effort to get illegal guns off the streets by "microstamping" bullet casings with unique markings. Yesterday, he wrote an editorial for the Daily News in which he pleads his case directly to NYers, listing several victims of gun violence before coming to a rallying cry: "More than 80 police departments and law enforcement groups from around New York have endorsed the legislation, but unfortunately a first attempt to pass it in the Senate failed last week...I encourage all New Yorkers to call their state senators and ask them to support microstamping because we need all the help we can get to take illegal guns out of the hands of criminals."

Seemingly in simpatico with the Mayor's pleas, the News also started a new 3-part series called "Guns of New York," documenting NY's struggles with illegal guns, starting with an account of an undercover NYPD officer who spent 15 years buying guns on the street.

In other firearm news, just outside the city, the Westchester County Center hosted the first gun show in the county since 1999. Weapons shows had been banned after the Columbine tragedy that year, but yesterday, hundreds were lined up before the 9 am opening. In addition to Civil War guns and an array of rifles and pistols, some were selling books, magazines and stickers with Nazi and Confederate themes.

The Journal News found one booth, "set prominently in the center of the exhibit hall, [was] selling swastika-emblazoned Nazi pins, badges and memorabilia, including one curiosity — a framed piece with a spoon on one side and a portrait of Adolf Hitler on the other")." Bill Winstanley, a retired CPA from Mount Kisco, saw it as indicator of the country's mood, telling the Daily News, "Today is a victory for the Tea Party and freedom lovers across the country - and it's only the beginning."