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Next guess has himself reverse course he was once a member of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg mayors against illegal guns he's had enough.
He quit the group after finding the agenda.
In his judgment seeking ways to -- legal guns.
And to attack the rights of legal gun owners joining us now.
Rockford Illinois mayor Larry Morrissey good to have you with us mr.
First you're doing great -- great to have -- Your reaction to the Illinois -- legislature making a decision over Iran override governor Quinn's.
-- Well very pleased with the decision of the Illinois legislature today.
For a lot of us who've been in favor of conceal carry for quite a long time.
And it would get a lot of help on the seventh circuit ordered.
Our legislation prior to come up with a solution that's an area where I disagree with our governor I think our citizens.
In a democracy like -- -- subordinate to our government they need to be partners and public safety and I'm very pleased with the decision of the legislature today.
I have to say this -- you don't sound like a Bloomberg.
You've joined up with the mayors against illegal guns and now you've said you're out.
Why did you make this decision.
Well back when I joined the group and and this was my first term you know 20052006.
I took the organization for what it stood for what its name was about which was trying to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who have no right.
To carry -- in the first place most of the crime that we see committed in Rockford Illinois and frankly in cities throughout the country.
Is vice people who have no right to carry -- there's people who are ready having a felony conviction.
They have issues with -- they they don't have the legal right to carry gun that was the original focus unfortunately over the last approximately two years.
The organization shifted away from the original focus -- I just didn't feel comfortable.
Supporting you know the organization any longer.
Plus front even senator Schumer criticized Bloomberg.
About those anti gun and that he and his groups -- -- you told time magazine the mayor of New York City putting hands against people in states is not going to be effective.
900 mayors could be effective that's how many in the organization.
He's got 27 billion dollars and as I understand it.
The organization is basically funded by mayor Michael Bloomberg.
This -- every do we need I mean you tell me.
What in the world is gonna allow it to wake people -- That this mayor and others are trying to strip them of their Second Amendment Rights.
Well it you know I'm independent like Mayor Bloomberg and others and I expect reasonable Smart Americans -- make up their own mind.
My personal belief is that.
With it organizations gone too far obviously and you've mentioned it.
Other organization was pretty much owned and operated by Mayor Bloomberg.
And like I said it there was a time when I was supportive of the mission I'm no longer and I think there's others who feel like me.
That has gone too far and you know frankly it's up to individual citizens throughout this country just like and -- Illinois.
To make up their own minds I felt like the organization in particular some of those tactics have become too heavy handed her I didn't feel comfortable with it and -- -- economic keep moving forward and try to do what I can help my community but much of what we're dealing with right now on the emphasis we're trying to focus on.
Is not on the guns themselves it's on the individuals who carry them in the sub cultures and communities urban cities like hours.
That is supported many times by and a federal government that is enabled those a subcultures to exist.
-- -- ER is really you know as we look at what was going on here watching -- playing on.
900 of them.
Two to a billionaire.
In and his purposes.
Do you think that other mayors are going to follow your lead and say you know they're not going to be -- and aren't going to be Stoops to a man who simply.
He doesn't have any greater vision.
-- massive fortune.
Well I -- they'll call any of those mayors are still part of the group pawns in I I defended the organization at a time.
And I had my own reasons for being part of it also my reason now for being out of its so there may be folks who agree with Mayor Bloomberg I'm assume that they do if they're still part of it.
But I could tell you there's a lot more than 900 mayors throughout the nation.
And there's a lot of folks who feel just like me that.
We need to be -- the Second Amendment.
Supportive of responsible citizens really that's what our founding fathers.
You know wasn't just about hunting rifles and in guns.
What they're thinking about they they they know that there needs to be a balance of power our government is our people.
It's not the cops and professional police against our citizenry we all have to be -- -- part of the solution.
-- -- -- -- Be clear the reason I said Stoops it was not in -- -- But short of -- say but when you you know as you point out -- yourself.
We knew or join a group called mayors against illegal guns and you find out that the guy financing the deal and running the deal in approving the -- Is against all guns not just.
Illegal guns and when you find out what he wants to do is make all guns illegal.
He gets to be something you you're you know those mayors are moving into the area I would just say -- approximate area of -- Mayor we thank you very much for being with -- -- thank you for your sharing your thoughts and your reasons for.
Leaving the Bloomberg billions.
-- And I appreciate the opportunity to be on tonight and you know -- cities like ours are have a lot of real issues and my goals to focus on -- real issues.
Your good man and thank you for being with -- -- -- --
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