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Politico: Obama Team Coordinated Gun Control Efforts With Mayor Bloomberg

This photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 shows Obama 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina at the Chicago headquarters. (Photo: AP)

Do you ever feel like matters become top-priority political issues practically overnight, with politicians across the country utilizing the same phrases, stories, and themes to drive their points home?

In the case of gun control, there seems to be a new narrative that hunting is an activity protected by the U.S. Constitution, but that guns deemed too big or threatening for hunters will be banned.  In the case of linguistic synchronization, the phrase "gun control" appears to be falling from favor in left-leaning circles, only to be replaced by "reducing gun violence."

It's hardly a secret that top politicians meet to discuss their plans, but Politico has confirmed that President Obama's campaign manager met with gun control advocate Mayor Michael Bloomberg to "coordinate" the latest issue:

Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s campaign manager, who will chair the relaunched, tax-exempt version called Organizing for Action, visited New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office at City Hall last week to coordinate the fight for gun control legislation, POLITICO has learned.

Aides to Bloomberg, one of the faces of gun control nationally, had already been working with Vice President Joe Biden’s task force on a gun control bill before it was recently unveiled.

But Messina spearheads Obama’s political arm, which has been established outside the boundaries of the Democratic National Committee and has listed gun control as one of its coming priorities, and Bloomberg has already made clear he’s willing to spend from his personal fortune as a counterbalance to the National Rifle Association.


DNC Executive Director Patrick Gaspard attended the meeting as well.  [Emphasis added]

No details were given on the content of the meeting.

Bloomberg, who has also implemented various trans fat, smoking, and sugary beverage bans during his tenure as mayor, has been a supporter of stricter gun control measures for years.  However, after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, he appears to have made the issue a top priority.

“This should be [Obama's] number one agenda," Bloomberg said back in December.  "He’s president of the United States...Nobody questions the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.  But we don’t think the founding fathers had the idea that every man, woman and child could carry an assault weapon."

(H/T: WeaselZippers)



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