The Washington Times - March 24, 2013, 11:26AM

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who recently announced a $12 million, 13-state advertising blitz to push U.S. senators on gun legislation, says that he has “a responsibility” to try to make the country safer.

“I think I have a responsibility, and I think you and all your viewers have responsibilities, to try to make this country safer for our families and for each other,” he told host David Gregory on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And if I can do that by spending some money and by taking the NRA from being the only voice to being one of the voices so the public can really understand the issues, then I think my money would be well spent, and I think I have an obligation to do that.”

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Later on the program, Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president and CEO, called Mr. Bloomberg “reckless” on the issue — and said his group is bringing in money in response.


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“We have people all over, millions of people, sending us 5-, 10-, 15-, 20-dollar checks saying, ‘Stand up to this guy,” Mr. LaPierre said. “I mean, it’s insane the stuff being said.”


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