Bloomberg considers taking on the N.R.A. in Colorado recall votes

Bloomberg on Monday. (Dana Rubinstein)
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The National Rifle Association is trying to take out two Colorado legislators who responded to the Aurora  and Sandy Hook massacres with tighter gun laws.

This morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he would consider backing the two legislators in a showdown that the Times described as "a test of whether politicians, largely Democrats, outside big cities and deep-blue coastal states can survive the political fallout of supporting stricter gun laws."

By dint of his dedication to the issue and deep pockets, Bloomberg has used his Mayors Against Illegal Guns to make himself the modern-day face of the gun control movement.

After reading this morning's newspaper about two like-minded legislators under duress, Bloomberg wrote himself a note to "check" if Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the organization he co-founded and funds, would support the two Democrats against the N.R.A.

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"I certainly hope so," he said, adding, "These two elected officials apparently had the courage to stand up and vote for a sensible gun law where you just have background checks to keep people with mental illnesses … and people with criminal records from buying guns. Something that 80 or 90 percent even of N.R.A. members are in favor of."