Mayor Bloomberg missed the Second Avenue Subway groundbreaking yesterday morning because he was in Cincinnati to unveil the latest part of his campaign fight illegal guns. And, yes, Ohio is a swing state.
The Mayors Against Illegal Guns group that the Mayor founded last year will be rolling out TV and Internet ads to, as the NY Times reports, "pressure Congress into rescinding the so-called Tiahrt amendment, a measure attached to spending bills each year since 2003 that bans the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from releasing gun-trace data, except to police officials and prosecutors working on a particular crime." Local law enforcement, therefore, is unable to see gun trafficking patterns in their areas.
Mayor Bloomberg said, "If Congress won't lead, then mayors will." And so will Mayor Mike's wallet: He's funding the ad biltz. A new website for the initiative, Protect Police, was launched, and here's one of the ads:
And here's the Mayors Against Illegal Guns website.