“Some back in Washington are already floating the idea that they might use political stunts to prevent votes on any of these reforms. Think about that. They’re not just saying they’ll vote ‘no’ on ideas that almost all Americans support. They’re saying they won’t allow any votes on them at all. They’re saying your opinion doesn’t matter. And that’s not right,” he said.
Taking a cue from the National Rifle Association, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the gun control group led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), will release its very own scoring system on Tuesday to evaluate lawmakers’ votes and statements on issues related to guns, the Washington Post reported.
According to WaPo, the Bloomberg-financed group will award lawmakers letter grades from “A” to “F” — not unlike the NRA’s own scorecard, which the pro-gun lobby has used effectively through the years to apply pressure on elected officials.
“For decades, the NRA has done an admirable job of tracking to minute detail how members of Congress stand on gun bills. We’ve simply decided to do the same,” Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told WaPo.
Bloomberg has positioned himself as the leading gun control advocate in the country, saying last month that he’s trying to “level the playing field” with the NRA. Mayors Against Illegal Guns launched a $12 million advertising campaign late last month intended to pressure senators to support universal background checks.