WASHINGTON D.C. (WKOW) – Opposing sides on the gun control debate are speaking out before the U.S. Senate meets next month to consider comprehensive gun legislation.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his anti-gun violence group will spend another $12 million to air ads putting pressure on Republican and Democratic lawmakers to vote for tighter gun control laws.
Bloomberg says, "I think I have a responsibility. I think you and all of your viewers have responsibilities to try to make this country safer for our families and for each other. And, if I can do that by spending some money and taking the NRA from being the only voice to being one of the voices so the public can really understand the issue, then I think my money would be well spent and I think I have an obligation to do that."
The group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has already spent tens of millions on previous ads.
However, the National Rifle Association's CEO, Wayne Lapierre, accused Bloomberg of trying to "impose his will on the American public." And said Bloomberg can't buy America.
Lapierre says," He's going to find out this is a country of the people, by the people and for the people. He can't spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the American public."
Bloomberg says he believes congress will eventually pass an assault weapons ban, but there is a lot of work to do before that happens.