De Blasio joins Bloomberg’s gun control group
Mayor Bill de Blasio has joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the national gun control group founded by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg.
During the campaign, de Blasio regularly praised Bloomberg's efforts to enact new gun laws, even as de Blasio harshly criticized the then-mayor on other issues.
"Mayor Bloomberg took on this fight when few others would, and today we are safer for it," de Blasio said in a statement announcing his membership. "He built a national movement for commonsense gun control—one I am proud to join."
During his tenure, Bloomberg became a national figure on gun control, bankrolling causes and candidates who supported new gun laws, and establishing the group of mayors to push for federal regulations.
In a statement, Bloomberg said he was "looking forward" to working with de Blasio on the issue.
“As a New Yorker, it is particularly meaningful to me that Mayor de Blasio is joining our effort to curb gun violence," Bloomberg said in the release. "As Mayor, he understands that commonsense gun laws are vital to that success – but gun violence is a national problem that must be addressed by our leaders in Washington."
Bloomberg, who has cast his own spending as a counterweight to the National Rifle Association, vowed to continue pushing for new gun laws, even after leaving office.
De Blasio has pledged to take up the mantle as mayor, but it's not clear whether he can have the same kind of outsize effect on the national debate, without the millions in personal contributions that Bloomberg committed to the cause.