Poughkeepsie mayor accused of making “false claims,” but Infowars investigation shows group’s goal is to ban guns
February 19, 2014
Three members from billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s gun control coalition issued a retort defending their anti-Second Amendment efforts and countering Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik’s remarks that the group’s ultimate goal is firearm confiscation from law-abiding gun owners.
“We were surprised and disappointed to see in a recent OpEd Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik blatantly mischaracterize the important goals of Mayors Against Illegal Guns..,” the mayors from Albany, Utica, and Binghamton said today in a unified post that also appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal.
The reaction was spurred by an OpEd that appeared two weeks ago in the Poughkeepsie Journal penned by Mayor John Tkazyik. In it, Tkazyik claimed he and nearly 50 other mayors left the organization after realizing their intent was ultimately a forceful extraction of guns from legal and lawful gun owners.
It did not take long to realize that MAIG’s agenda was much more than ridding felons of illegal guns,” Tkazyik stated. “Under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intended to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens,” Tkazyik bravely revealed, adding, “Nearly 50 pro-Second Amendment mayors have left the organization. They left for the same reason I did.”
In their short essay, the mayors re-asserted the group’s objective of requiring background checks for all gun purchases, and slammed Tkazyik’s contentions as “false claims.”
“Mayor Tkazyik makes false claims about the group, even saying the coalition ‘intended to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens,’” the mayors wrote.
Infowars has highlighted numerous examples which support Mayor Tkazyik’s assertions and point to a colluded effort by the liberal democrat establishment to undermine Americans’ gun rights.
Earlier this week, we followed up on a video in which a New York assemblyman was discouraged from bringing up rejected democrat proposals during deliberation on New York state’s SAFE Act. A few of the rejected proposals talked about confiscation of “assault weapons.”
In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also appeared on station WGDJ and asserted that “Confiscation [of assault weapons] could be an option.”
The former mayor of Williamsport, Pa., an ex-member of MAIG, also said in 2007 that she left the group after witnessing “dubious” attempts to subvert the Second Amendment.
Austin, Texas City Councilman Mike Martinez also made the group’s intentions clear last year during a Moms Demand Action rally when he told a protester that he would make his “Stop Gun Ban” sign “legitimate shortly.”
MAIG has also demonstrated that it isn’t above lying about their efforts. Last year, MAIG Director Mark Glaze boldly told CNN viewers that registration would not lead to confiscation and that no one in California was having their guns taken, when in fact several articles concerning California gun confiscation had already appeared in his boss’s own media publication.
The fact that MAIG members are even addressing Tkazyik’s claims lend his statements credence. The gun grabbers have revealed their hand and are in frantic damage control mode, but no amount of hollow reassurances can diminish the fact that they are waging a war against the Second Amendment.
Check out Alex Jones’ report on the Poughkeepsie mayor’s comments below.
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