Mayors Against Illegal Guns will air a Super Bowl ad today (video below) that calls on Congress to pass a law requiring universal background checks.
The ad includes children who slam the National Rifle Association's Exec. V.P. Wayne LaPierre for flip-flopping on his support for universal background checks in 1999, which he now opposes.
The ad is part of the 'Demand A Plan' campaign, which pushes for stronger gun control laws. Mayors Against Illegal Guns is headed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to the DemandAPlan.org web site.
Currently, people do not have to undergo background checks to buy guns at gun shows or in private sales. Background checks are only required when buying guns through gun dealers.
“Once again, the NRA’s Washington leadership showed just how out of step they are with the American public and their own membership,” said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “Closing the gaping wide loophole that allows criminals to get their hands on guns is a no brainer. It’s like we’ve set up two lines at the airport – one where you have to go through security and one where you don’t. Which do you think a criminal will choose?”
“Background checks are the best way to stop dangerous people from getting their hands on guns that is why they have overwhelming support from Americans and even gun owners,” said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “The only people who don't agree are the leaders of the National Rifle Association. We can’t let them get in the way of this sensible reform – and that’s why we’re demanding that Congress take action and pass a background check bill that will make our neighborhoods safer.”