Bloomberg Anti-Gun Group Ex-Chief: Obamacare, Snowden Hurt Cause

Image: Bloomberg Anti-Gun Group Ex-Chief: Obamacare, Snowden Hurt Cause Former Executive Director of Everytown for Gun Safety Mark Glaze.

Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 08:44 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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The former chief of Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group has blamed the failed rollout of Obamacare and fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden for hurting gun control.

Mark Glaze, who recently resigned as executive director of Everytown for Gun Safety, formerly Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said the problems with the healthcare reform law have made it more difficult to pass gun control laws, according to The Wall Street Journal.

"There’s an almost perfect overlap, I think, between the people who are the most active and radicalized gun voters and people who just don’t like and trust the government very much," Glaze told the newspaper.

"When you take on the gun issue, you’re forced to take on by proxy a much bigger issue in this country, which is a deeply ingrained distrust of government that gets worse every time the government can’t get a healthcare website off the ground, or can’t get its act together to pass a farm bill."

Glaze, who quit after three years with the group, also said the revelation that the NSA had secretly been collecting phone, Internet, and email data from millions of Americans also had made citizens more wary of giving up their gun rights, the Journal reported.

"The fact that people have learned that the government has taken for itself the right to listen in on our most private conversations has done nothing to inspire faith in government restraint. It’s that lack of faith in government restraint that makes it difficult to do things like ask everybody to take a background check."

Glaze also said that expanded background checks on gun buyers, which he fought for unsuccessfully last year, were unlikely to prevent mass murders like the slaughter in Isla Vista, California, over the Memorial Day weekend.

"Because people perceive a mismatch in the policy solutions that we have to offer and the way some of these mass shootings happened, you know, it is a messaging problem for us, I think. Is it a messaging problem when a mass shooting happens, and nothing that we have to offer would have stopped that mass shooting? Sure, it’s a challenge in this issue."

The Isla Vista gunman, Elliot Rodger, who killed six people during the random shooting in the beachside college community, was armed with three legally purchased handguns registered to him and 41 loaded magazines.

Glaze also told the Journal that it could take "an election cycle or two" before Congress would be willing to enact gun controls.

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