- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said his group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is going to take a page from the NRA playbook and start scoring members of Congress, from A through F.

“For decades, the NRA has done an admirable job of tracking to minute detail how members of Congress stand on gun bills,” said the group’s director, Mark Glaze, United Press International reported. “We’ve simply decided to do the same.”

National Rifle Association officials aren’t intimidated.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ scorecard hardly will carry much weight, one NRA spokesman said, UPI reported. That’s because the anti-gun group represents a reported 900 mayors, versus the NRA, with millions of members.

“The reason NRA scorecards are effective is that they have the weight of approximately 5 million dues-paying members and tens of millions of other supporters behind them,” said the NRA’s Andrew Arulanandam in the UPI report. “We’ll take that over the purse of one billionaire any day of the week and twice on Sunday.”

His reference came from the fact that Mayors Against Illegal Guns is funded primarily by Mr. Bloomberg, though it claims 1.5 million supporters at the grass-roots level.

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