WASHINGTON – Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the gun control group led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is launching a television ad today thanking Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey for his work sponsoring a bipartisan bill to expand background checks.
The ad, which will run in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, opens with this voice over: “Washington likes to argue. Senator Pat Toomey wants to get things done.”
It credits Toomey, a Republican, with “leading the fight to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”
“Courage and common sense – that’s Pat Toomey,” the spot concludes. “Tell him to keep fighting for background checks.”
Groups such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Americans for Responsible Solutions – led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D., Ariz.) – have formed to try to counter to the political might of the National Rifle Association and other organizations that fight for gun owners’ rights.
The gun control groups (or gun safety, as they dub themselves) have tried to pressure lawmakers to vote in favor of tougher background checks, but have also stressed the need to support to those who are willing to break party ranks to vote in favor of new gun laws.