Mayors Against Illegal Guns thanks Toomey
May 9th, 2013
05:01 PM ET
12 months ago

Mayors Against Illegal Guns thanks Toomey

(CNN) - Mayors Against Illegal Guns advocacy group launched a new television ad on Thursday praising Republican Senator Pat Toomey for co-sponsoring an amendment to expand background checks in Pennsylvania

The organization is backed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and is focused on supporting gun control. They say that the Toomey television spot is a two-week, six-figure ad buy.

While the 30-second spot praises Toomey for his support of comprehensive background checks in Pennsylvania, it also calls on the people of Pennsylvania to take further action saying, "Courage and Common sense. That's Pat Toomey. Tell him to keep fighting for background checks."

This is not the first time Mayors Against Illegal Guns has sponsored ads targeting specific legislators, but it does deviate from their usual negative attack ads on Senators who opposed background checks and other gun control legislation. The group has previously sponsored ads criticizing New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte's vote against background checks and has also aired ads condemning Arizona Senator Jeff Flake and Florida Senator Marco Rubio for their opposition to the measure.

The Toomey spot airs one month after the group aired a television ad in Pennsylvania urging the senator to support background checks.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns is not the only organization to spend dollars towards messaging around this issue. Their efforts are mimicked by the National Rifle Association, which announced Wednesday the launch of a $25,000 ad campaign in New Hampshire supporting Senator Ayotte's vote against expanding background checks.

The Toomey ad also aired one day after former Rep. Gabby Gifford's and her husband Mark Kelly's anti-gun violence super PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions, announced that it had raised $11 million dollars in the past four months. That money helped pay for the six-figure ad campaign that the group sponsored in April before the amendment to increase background checks failed to pass in the Senate.


Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Pat Toomey
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. abnguy

    Do they want him to loose his next election. Many of us in PA have no use for Mayors Against Guns or Mayor Bloomberg.

    May 9, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. jinx9to88

    11 million in 4 months? Uh Oh NRA you are not the only one raising money for these 2014 senate races.

    May 9, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. fhedrickjr

    It is so bogus. There is written record of Vice Presedint Biden sayint "we don't have time to pursue all the people who put the wrong information on their application.." etc. We don't need new laws. We need enforcement of existing laws. They just don't get it!!

    May 9, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. anonymous

    are they also running ads in chicago and new orleans, the democrat run murder capitals of the country? are they running ads to demand a crackdown on the black drug gangs murdering and attacking other blacks? if not why not? all that violence is being performed with illegal guns.

    May 9, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. just askin

    jinx9to88
    11 million in 4 months? Uh Oh NRA you are not the only one raising money for these 2014 senate races.
    --
    bloomberg is a billionaire and contributed most of it. where is your outrage at rich people using their money to control the masses?

    May 9, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Do they want him to loose his next election. Many of us in PA have no use for Mayors Against Guns or Mayor Bloomberg."

    Polls show Toomey got a substantial bump in his approval rating after pushing the background checks compromise. You're in the minority in PA on this one.

    "bloomberg is a billionaire and contributed most of it. where is your outrage at rich people using their money to control the masses?"

    Just pulling it out of your butt like a dental floss after a dog gets in the trash, eh? Besides, I'd hardly call it "using money to control the masses" when it was shown that 90% of America agreed with the legislation....more like "using money to defend the masses."

    May 9, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Unfortunately the word ILLEGAL means whatever democrats want it to according to which way the wind blows so which is it this time CNN?

    May 9, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. Ghostwriter

    fhedrickjr
    It is so bogus. There is written record of Vice Presedint Biden sayint "we don't have time to pursue all the people who put the wrong information on their application.."

    Perhaps the correct statement could be found with the BATF. They have stated that they don't have the resources, the technology, the funding or the support of legislators on the Hill. Conservatives and the NRA have pretty much made that happen.

    So while you are talking about enforcing the laws that already exist, why don't you ask republicans to do as the NRA said and listen to law enforcement?

    May 9, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. bill of right

    Will gun owners eventuailly file a class action lawsuit? Would you sign up?

    May 9, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  10. norma jean.

    Keeping in touch with the whole gun control story....I have noticed one very interesting point..... The ONLY time the word "CONFISCATION" is EVER used is when the NRA and gun owners are doing the talking..... NEVER...NEVER have I read that word used when a politician,citizen or writer is concerned about the need for some control...NEVER!!.......Fear tactics are always the NRA way of fighting needed help to save the many lives that careless gun owners are guilty of caring so little for!!

    May 10, 2013 12:50 am at 12:50 am |