I won't go into detail, but over the years Mayor Pocek of Bedford and I have had some pretty good arguments from time to time about things going on here. I honestly have to say that after some initial "growing pains" we get along.
It is no mystery that Mayor Pocek is a strong partisan Democrat and plays hard on the partisan lines. Though for the most part this has never come into play during Pocek's time as Mayor in Bedford --- until now!
It was brought to my attention this weekend that Mayor Pocek, along with several gun-hating Mayors from the Cuyahoga County area have foolishly signed up in support of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" (MAIG) group....
Despite its very misleading name, this national group of anti-gun mayors has lobbied Congress of state Right-to-Carry permits, against much-needed reform of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), for regulating gun shows out of existence, and for repealing the Tiahrt Amendment that protects the privacy rights of law-abiding gun owners and limits disclosure of sensitive firearm trace data to protect law enforcement personnel and protect lawful gun manufacturers from bogus lawsuits.
Bloomberg created "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" as a front group to lobby Congress to oppose important pro-gun reforms and support new federal gun control restrictions. (Ohio Sportsman)
You can be sure Mayor Pocek will be receiving many calls from the "Democrats" living in Bedford very upset with his signing onto a back door attempt of taking away our 2nd Amendment rights.Realizing Bloomberg's MAIG group is just another back door way to push their gun-hating progressive programs down to a local level, Walton Hills Mayor, Marlene Anielski, when realizing the true intent and nature of this group -- did the right thing and immediately stepped down. Below is a list of Mayors from Cuyahoga County supporting this gun-hating group, click here for a list of all the OH mayors....
Mayor Merle Gordon Beachwood, OH
Mayor Daniel Pocek Bedford, OH
Mayor Fletcher Berger Bedford Heights, OH
Mayor John Licastro Bratenahl, OH
Mayor Samuel Alai Broadview Heights, OH
Mayor Frank Jackson Cleveland, OH
Mayor Edward Kelley Cleveland Heights, OH
Mayor Jack Bacci Cuyahoga Heights, OH
Mayor Bill Cervenik Euclid, OH
Mayor Thomas J. Longo Garfield Heights, OH
Mayor Gregory Costabile Mayfield Heights, OH
Mayor Bruce Rinker Mayfield Village, OH
Mayor Gary Starr Middleburg Heights, OH
Mayor Susan Renda Moreland Hills, OH
Mayor Thomas E. O'Grady North Olmsted, OH
Mayor Kathy Mulcahy Orange Village, OH
Mayor Martin Zanotti Parma Heights, OH
Mayor Bruce Akers Pepper Pike, OH
Mayor Daniel Ursu Richmond Heights, OH
Mayor Earl M. Leiken Shaker Heights, OH
Mayor Kevin Patton Solon, OH
Mayor Georgine Welo South Euclid, OH
Mayor Beryl Rothschild University Heights, OH** Side note for all the supporters for the Issue 6 Cuyahoga County Reform -- notice many of the above area Mayor's supporting this gun-hating group also support or had a hand in crafting Issue 6.
How long before these same people -- regionalize their efforts for taking away our 2nd Amendment?