Bloomberg gun group hits a Democrat
May 24th, 2013
01:02 PM ET
10 years ago

Bloomberg gun group hits a Democrat

Washington (CNN) - A large gun advocacy group is hitting its first Democrat in their most recent campaign to increase gun control measures.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded by independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced an ad Friday criticizing Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor for his recent vote against gun legislation in the Senate, including expanding background checks.

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A spokesperson for the organization that includes mayors from across the country said they are putting $350,000 into 30-second spot, which features a woman who lost her friend to gun violence.

"I was so disappointed when Mark Pryor voted against comprehensive background checks," Angela Bradford-Barnes says in the spot. "On that vote he let us down. Tell Mark Pryor to take another look at background checks."

Pryor, who also knew the gun victim, said in a statement the ad is politicizing his death by "misleading people into thinking that his bill would have prevented Bill Gwatney's tragic death. The fact is it wouldn't have, which makes Mayor Bloomberg's ad even more disgusting."

The senator pointed to his support for measures that would increase funding for mental health programs and penalties for straw purchases that he said would have prevented his friend's death.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns also sent the father of a Newtown shooting victim to one of Pryor's public events in Arkansas earlier this month.

The Arkansas senator is up for reelection in 2014 and in a vulnerable position. The ad, which the group said will begin airing over the next two weeks, is the latest step by the group to promote additional gun control measures, many of which failed in Congress earlier this year. They have launched ads recently against other Republican senators, including Jeff Flake of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire for their background check votes.

- CNN's Kevin Bohn and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. ohia

    Good job Bloomberg; it’s about time people of good will stand up to these NRA congress members. Who do not care about those who sent them to Washington. Who in their right minds can see or hear what happened in Newtown and many other places across this nation and vote against something as basic as doing a background check on these that want to buy a gun. Pryor’s position and those like him borders on the ridiculous. I can’t understand how a father or a mother can for self interest stand in the way of something this commonsensical.

    May 24, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. bill

    adam lanza stole the weapons he used, then killed the owner of the weapons

    May 24, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. bill

    breaking traffics laws isnt the same as buying a weapon, stealing a car is the same as stealing a apples to apples gary,

    May 24, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. California Gary

    You missed the point Ace......I wasn't comparing a privilege to a right.......I was arguing the point about whether laws are useful or not. You are clouding the issue. Typical........

    May 24, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. bill

    even if they do pass a new improved background check, they will probably let the IRS run it,,,like they know how to obey the law

    May 24, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. bill

    as far as i can tell, the only thing elected officials can do right is vacation

    May 24, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. jinx9to88

    Good!! No one is safe after voting "NO" for this no brainer. The only people that dont want background checks are the ones who cant pass a background check, period!! Why would I want some crazy person or a person that has violent background able to purchase a gun with no question asked? Background checks wont stop it all but at least it won't be as easy as it is right now.

    May 24, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. jinx9to88

    NRA is praying this tpic goes bye bye before the 2014 election. NRA thought they got their clock cleaned in 2012, a rude awakening coming in 2014.

    May 24, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Doesn't the left generally get upset when rich people or companies try to influence elections with money? Anyway, this is great. Bash the Democrats for opposing the gun bill to ensure that Republicans get elected...hey, wait a minute.

    May 24, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Malory Archer


    Libs..give it up.. you lost bad on this issue.


    Sure – as soon as the rethugs give up trying to repeal ACA, aka "ObamaCare". Honestly, after 37 attempts at repeal, they've lost badly. IMO, the Dems should put up background legislation and other measures every single time the rethugs put up ObamaCare. Considering the rethugs have made 37 more attempts than the Dems is it's way past time for the Dems to get off the stick and do just that.

    May 24, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Malory Archer


    adam lanza stole the weapons he used, then killed the owner of the weapons


    Er, not quite. His mom not only purchased the weapons for him, she took him to the shooting range on countless occasions. Additionally, when the house was searched following the massacre the cops found a check his mother had written to him, and she wrote in the memo section that it was for another gun.

    May 24, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. jinx9to88

    I am so sick of hearing "background checks only effect law abiding citizens", well I guess "law abiding citizens" wont have any problem passing a background check, will they unless of course they are NOT "law abiding citizens".

    May 24, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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