50 Mayors Quit Bloomberg's Anti-Gun Coalition - Not Broda

50 Mayors throughout the country have left Bloomberg's anti-gun coalition known as "Mayors Against Illegal Guns." Less than 2% of IL mayors, including Lisle Mayor Broda, remain in the MAIG coalition.

July 31, 2013 - 50 Mayors throughout the country have left Bloomberg's anti-gun coalition and political action committee known as "Mayors Against Illegal Guns." 

Recently, US News reported that Independent Mayor Lawrence Morrissey of Rockford, IL and Republican Mayor Donnalee Lozeau of Nashua, NH both said the group's name is misleading.

"I've dropped out of a group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns," Rockford Mayor Morrissey said. "The reason why I joined the group in the first place is because I took the name for what it said – against 'illegal' guns."

Morrissey stated that he joined MAIG because "I thought it was about enforcement of existing gun laws" against illegal weapons. "As the original mission swayed, that's when I decided that it was no longer in line with my beliefs."

Lisle Mayor Joe Broda is still a member of Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The members list on the MAIG website not only lists Lisle Mayor Joe Broda, but provides a link to the Village of Lisle website. Broda has not publicly stated why he joined MAIG or why he remains a member. There was no discussion or action at any Village Board meeting regarding joining MAIG. 

Broda did state at the July 15, 2013 Lisle Village Board meeting that the Village would not be able to restrict or ban weapons because the population of Lisle is less than 25,000. Fewer than 20 of the State's 1300 municipalities passed ordinances to restrict or ban assault weapons during the 10 day period set by the state's new concealed carry gun legislation.

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Other Illinois Mayors Leaving MAIG (since Feb 2013):

Addison Mayor Larry Hartwig left, new Addison Mayor Richard Veenstra has not joined.

Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder left, new Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes has not joined.

East Hazel Crest Mayor Thomas Brown left quietly.

Elburn Village President David Anderson moved from member to honorary member.

Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton left quietly.

Glenwood Mayor Kerry Durkin left quietly.

Maywood Mayor  Henderson Yarbrough Sr left and new Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins has not  joined.


Original Blog Post

Lisle Mayor Broda Joins Bloomberg's Anti-Gun Coalition

February 28, 2013 -   Lisle Mayor Joe Broda is one of a handful of Illinois mayors to join the "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" coalition.  Less than ten percent of Illinois mayors have joined this anti-gun coalition. Mayors are required to sign a Statement of Principals when joining the Coalition which is a polical action committee.

The coalition was established by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

There is no record of the Village Board voting to take a position on joining or making a contribution to this politcal action coalition.

There no record of the Village voting to take a position on the following federal legislation supported by the "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" political action coalition:

  • The Fix Gun Checks Act would repair our nation’s broken gun background check system by taking two simple steps.  First, the bill would provide stronger incentives for state and federal agencies to get all the necessary records about individuals who are barred from owning handguns into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  Second, the bill would require a background check on every gun sale. Mayors Against Illegal Guns also launched a nationwide campaign in support of the bill.
  • National Concealed Carry Reciprocity interferes with the rights of states to control their own public safety laws. Mayors Against Illegal Guns does not take a position on the general issue of concealed carry, but believes each state should have the right to use its own judgment to decide who can carry a loaded, concealed gun. In 2009, the coalition helped defeat a national concealed carry reciprocity bill known as the Thune Amendment. In 2011, Mayors Against Illegal Guns launched the “Our Lives, Our Laws” campaign to defeat similar legislation.
  • Terror Gap - More than a decade after 9/11, the federal government can stop suspects on terror watch lists from getting on airplanes, but it can't stop them from buying firearms. Legislation endorsed by both the Bush and Obama Administrations that would close the terror gap has been pending in Congress since 2007. Congress should make it law this year.
  • The Boren Amendment is an appropriations “policy rider” that would prevent law enforcement from enforcing a program the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) proposed to detect and fight illegal gun trafficking from the U.S. to Mexico. In April 2011, the coalition successfully worked to keep the Boren Amendment out of the federal budget.  The Amendment would have cut off funding for enforcing the proposed ATF long gun reporting rule.
  • The Tiahrt Amendments are provisions attached to federal spending bills that make it harder for law enforcement officers to aggressively pursue criminals who buy and sell illegal guns. The amendments restrict cities, states and even the police from fully accessing and using Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) gun trace data, require the Federal Bureau of Investigation to destroy certain background check records within 24 hours, and block ATF from requiring gun dealers to conduct inventory checks to detect loss and theft.
  • Gun Show Loophole. Currently, licensed gun dealers are required to run criminal background checks on all buyers, but a loophole in the law enables criminals to avoid these checks if they buy from gun-sellers who don't have licenses. Often operating at gun shows, these unlicensed sellers give criminals the opportunity to sidestep the background check system and easily purchase guns. Congress should close the gun show loophole.


Should there be an open, public discussion and vote when a Village Mayor takes a position on federal legislation and joins a political action committee?

Should the Village be contributing tax funds to lobby on issues that have not been publicly vetted and voted on?

Why haven't the mayors of Naperville, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn and Downers Grove joined this anti-gun political action committee?

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Dick February 28, 2013 at 04:07 PM
There are over 900 mayors of IL towns and cities that did not join with Bloomberg and Rahm. Looks to me that most of the cities/towns that joined have a high crime rate...
Maria February 28, 2013 at 08:03 PM
What's next? Will Broda be supporting a "Climate Change" agenda? How about an "Anti-diesel" agenda?
George P March 01, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Broda is Democrat?
Laurie McDonald March 04, 2013 at 01:50 PM
get rid of Broda
Leslie March 07, 2013 at 10:27 PM
The head-line is misleading. The coalition is against illegal guns and supports common sense gun legislation. It is not an anti-gun coalition. That would be futile. Another good organization is the Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (icpgv.org) I commend Mayor Broda for joining. All mayors should support this organization. It's their responsibility to keep our communities safe and this is a step in the right direction.
Frank F March 08, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Typically referred to as the "Anti-gun" coalition... http://politicker.com/2012/12/mayor-bloombergs-anti-gun-group-gets-some-hollywood-help/ https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/02/illinois-primary-race.html http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2013/02/has-your-mayor-signed-onto-bloombergs-anti-gun-coalition.html http://news.yahoo.com/bloombergs-super-pac-anti-gun-ad-makes-waves-215606285--abc-news-politics.html http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2013/02/bloomberg_and_his_anti-gun_sup.html http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/27/bloomberg-congratulates-anti-gun-illinois-democrat-he-helped-win-special-election/ http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/27/ny-mayor-bloomberg-washington-talk-guns-time-feds-/ http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/hizzoner_striking_idea_for_police_OqzoiT1wjZqr4eTSN7zpzI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_kNp6gGqCo
Leslie March 08, 2013 at 02:32 AM
You can be anti-gun and still support common sense gun laws. I would love a society without guns but that dream is but a dream. So, the next best thing is to close loopholes and clean up the mess that is spreading like the plague.
George P March 08, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Clearly, Broda does not support the 2nd and 14th Amendments of the US Constitution.
Jon July 31, 2013 at 02:51 PM
The watchdog posed 3 questions- Should the mayor use his title and the village to advocate a position which voters had no input, should Lisle tax dollars be used for issues voters have no input on and why have other towns not joined this PAC. Perhaps the other towns thought they should get voter input prior to supporting an effort on its citizens behalf, that would be the prudent thing to do. As for use of title and implication the village concurs that goes along with the mayors title with, that is uncalled for. If he wants to advocate as Joe Broda fine, but this village did not have a referendum or advisory on gun control nor any other gun or firearm issue. He has NO right to attach the village of Lisle to this issue. Regarding tax dollars for lobbying, he has no right using or determining that village coffers be used for this NOR ANY other effort without a form of input, referendum or qualified survey. He did this with electric aggregation, demanding that a percentage of green energy be used in our supply when nothing regarding this requirement was ever stated in the referendum or RFP. So Honorable Mayor Broda, kindly have removed: the title of mayor, the village of Lisle and I assume the mailing address of village hall from this group, its mailing lists and social media platforms. If you desire to enjoin this group and its position kindly use your personal or campaign funds along with their address' so there is no implied consent or endorsement on behalf of the citizens village of Lisle. It is wrong of you to attach your title to this group, without input.
Jane July 31, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Once again - Lisle lacks transparency and fails to provide information to allow its citizens to voice opinions and input during the government decision-making process. Democracy requires accountability and accountability requires transparency. Since the Board of Trustees has been silent about this issue, we can only assume that they all agree with Broda and they too support this MAIG gun control agenda that has nothing to do with "illegal" guns and never did.
Dick August 01, 2013 at 10:07 PM
So is Broda in favor of gun control and banning assault weapons or did he sign on to this thinking it was about illegal guns like Rockford Mayor Mossissey? Does Broda support all the millions of dollars of political attack ads paid for by the coalition he joined? Does Broda's endorsement imply that the entire Village Board supports this organization's agenda? Why wasn't this discussed at a Board meeting?
Burt August 02, 2013 at 01:03 PM
I have always had trouble supporting people and organizations that seek to truncate my freedom, particularly when it relates to freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. I am very disappointed that my village leadership chooses to support anti-gun organizations (MAIG is clearly anti-gun despite their "common sense" spin). To my mind, MAIG is just as offensive as an organization of community leaders that seek to limit free speech, impose their religion on me, decide I cannot get an abortion, or cannot enter a same sex marriage. All of these are antithetical to what we should all expect in "the land of the free".


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