BELLEVUE, WA – The merger between Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will help the mayors’ group mask the bad deeds of some of its members, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

“Michael Bloomberg is essentially getting Moms to clean his organization’s dirty laundry and present a more wholesome image to the American people, whom they hope to lull into surrendering their firearms rights,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb.

MAIG was founded in 2006 by outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who is also leaving office.

“The Mayors’ group has had at least 16 members who were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, assorted crimes that include embezzlement, perjury, bribery, extortion, fraud, money laundering, attempted child molestation and child pornography,” Gottlieb said. “Another eight are facing various criminal charges including DUI, assaulting a police officer, accepting bribes, wire fraud, money laundering and furnishing a minor with alcohol.

“And this is a group that mothers wants to merge with?” he questioned. “Clearly, some moms are willing to sacrifice good sense in the pursuit of an extremist anti-firearms civil rights agenda. It is far easier to hide bad intentions behind a mother’s skirt than it is to be responsible about the company you keep.”

Bloomberg has promised to “devote extensive resources” to the gun prohibition effort as he leaves office at the end of this month. While MAIG claims about 1,000 members, out of approximately 30,000 cities and towns, the Moms Demand Action group claims “more than 130,000 members.” The combined total membership in gun rights organizations is “somewhere north of 6.5 million,” Gottlieb estimated for comparison.

“One relatively small fledgling group is combining with an even smaller but very well financed group in an effort to dictate how 250 million Americans should live,” Gottlieb observed. “Before the mayors and the moms tell anyone else how to keep their house in order, they need to clean up their own.”