Mayor Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns Riddled With Criminals
With the recent arrest of the rabidly anti-gun rights Sen. Leland Yee on gun trafficking charges, this seemed a good time to examine the leading anti-gun rights organization in the country - Mayor Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns or MAIG. For some time, gun right activists have noted that a huge number of the members (and now former members) have been convicted of serious crimes.
Perhaps the greatest concern is that MAIG seems to have no problem accepting members who are convicted criminals. This is not surprising given that Mayor Bloomberg himself had the MAIG website hosted on official NYC servers and had NYC personnel maintain the site - instead of hiring staff and paying for hosting. It is my considered opinion that Mayor Bloomberg lacks a moral compass.
While it is certainly true that people from every walk of life are convicted of crimes, it is especially troubling that MAIG does not seem to mind admitting convicted felons, when they think they can be helpful. Does this send the message that they don't care if people commit crimes in office? I think it does - and the sheer number of MAIG members convicted of serious crimes tends to bear this out. It is even more troubling that many of these crimes involve the misuse of firearms. In fact, several members of MAIG are banned by Federal Law from owning, possessing or even holding firearms, due to their convictions.
In addition to the information below, the Second Amendment Foundation has prepared an excellent, if a tad dated, flyer. It can be found here.
The following members and former members were convicted BEFORE joining MAIG:
Mayor Samuel Rivera, Passaic NJ - Charges: Many - before taking office, convicted of covering up a homicide. After, indicted for extortion and taking a bribe. Plea of guilty, sentence of 21 months' imprisonment.
Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer, Redding PA - Pleaded guilty in county court to aggravated assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, and was sentenced to five years of probation. Nine other charges were dismissed in exchange for the plea. His victim suffered head and other injuries and was left with permanent hearing loss. ALL OF THIS TOOK PLACE PRIOR TO HIS JOINING MAIG, AND HE WAS NEVER THE LESS ALLOWED TO JOIN.
Mayor Frank Melton, Jackson, MI - Charged with conspiracy to violate civil rights (by tearing down a person's house), commission of a violent crime while possessing a handgun. Died before charges could be resolved. In 2006, the same year he joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, he was convicted of violating a "gun free school zone" law and bans on carrying guns in church.
Mayor Michael Pembleton, Sunflower MS - Arrested, convicted and sentenced for stealing $7,000 worth of designer bags. AFTER HIS CONVICTION MAIG featured Pembleton’s name on an ad asking Congress to do more to keep criminals from getting guns.
The following MAIG members (or former members) have been charged and/or convicted of felonies or violent misdemeanors:
Mayor James Schiliro, Marcus Hook, PA - Accused of having a police officer "pick up a 20-year old" male and bring him to the Mayor's home. Once there, Schiliro allegedly provided the under-age male with alcohol and asked for sexual favors. When the 20-year old refused to cooperate, Schiliro allegedly lost his temper, grabbed a handgun, and fired "it into some papers." The charges filed against Schiliro include "unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment, official oppression, and furnishing alcohol to a minor."
Mayor Shiela Dixon, Baltimore, Maryland - Convicted of embezzlement and plead guilty to perjury.
Mayor Eddie Perez, Hartford, CT - Charges: bribery, fabricating evidence, conspiracy. Arrested a second time, on extortion charges.
Mayor Gary Becker, Racine, WI - Plea of guilty to sexual assault on a child and child enticement.
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Detriot MI - Guilty plea to two counts of perjury and one of assault on an officer. Sentenced to four months in jail and five years of probation.
Mayor David Delle Donna, Guttenberg, NJ - Convicted of extortion and tax fraud. Sentenced to four years' imprisonment.
Mayor Noramie Jasmin, Spring Valley NY - Faces multiple federal corruption charges.
Mayor Will Wynn, Austin TX - Guilty plea to charge of assault. Sentenced to community service.
Mayor Jeremiah Healy, Jersey City NJ - Has quite a rap sheet. In 1999, convicted of disorderly conduct. In 2007, convicted of resisting arrest. Presently, he is a suspect in an official corruption probe.
Mayor Larry Langford, Birmingham AL - Indicted on 101 counts of bribery, fraud, money laundering and tax evasion. Convicted on 60 felony counts.
Mayor Richard Corkery, Coaldale, PA - Charged with downloading child pornography. Violated bail conditions.
Mayor Mayor Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco, Tamarac FL - Faces charges of bribery and official misconduct stemming from dealings with two unscrupulous developers.
Mayor Adam Bradley, White Plains NY - Arrested for third degree misdemeanor assault. Wife Fumiko Bradley acquired a temporary protective order against him. The mayor was sentenced to three years probation.
Mayor Roosevelt Dorn, Inglewood CA - Resigned ahead of pleading guilty to conflict of interest charges. He also faced charges of embezzlement.
Mayor Tony Mack, Tenton NJ - Found guilty of corruption as part of a government sting and removed from office.
Mayor Buddy Cianci, Providence, RI - Convicted of assault and racketeering
Members or former members accused and/or convicted of lesser charges:
Mayor Craig Lowe, Gainesville FL - Charged with DUI. Prominent member of MAIG.
Mayor Gordon Jenkins of Monticello, NY - DUI charges. Video shows him hurling abusive language to police officers.
Mayor April Almon, New Haven, CT - Charged with Interfering with police officers.
Mayor Pat M. Ahumada Jr, Brownsville TX - Charged with 3rd DUI