Ohio mayor's resignation from Bloomberg gun control front group gains national attention

By Chad D. Baus

On Tuesday, Buckeye Firearms Association broke the news that Village of Walton Hills, OH Mayor Marlene Anielski had submitted to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg her resignation from the gun control front group known as Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG).

Since then, the news has been spread far and wide, and Anielski is doing some high-profile interviews to further explain her motivations for the resignation.

That same day, NRANews' Ginny Simone delivered a live report on the positive news as her lead story during "The Daily News" show. A podcast of that broadcast is available here.

Simone also conducted a telephone interview with Mayor Anielski on Wednesday, and delivered another live lead-story report which included that taped interview. That podcast is available here.

Gongwer News Service has also picked up the story, in a report entitled "House candidate quits gun control group":

Walton Hills Mayor Marlene Anielski, a Republican candidate for the 17th Ohio House District seat, resigned from a gun control group organized by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to the Buckeye Firearms Association.

Ms. Anielski said she became concerned about the direction of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which she said is looking to "shift blame" for violent crime to law-abiding gun owners.

"I am dedicated in defending and advancing the right of Ohio citizens to own and use firearms for all legal activities, including self-defense and competitions," she wrote. "We need to defend our Constitutional rights to keep and bear arms."

Ms. Anielski is running for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Josh Mandel (R-Lyndhurst), who is a candidate for state treasurer.

In addition, the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) included a link to the BuckeyeFirearms.org story in its daily news update, as well as in its weekly alert.

And finally, the National Shooting Sports Foundation covered the story in its weekly Bullet Points online newsletter.

This coming Sunday, Anielski will join Buckeye Firearms Association Chairman Jim Irvine as he hosts Firearms Forum, Ohio's first talk radio show about guns and gun rights. Tune in Sunday night from 8pm to 9pm on Cleveland's WHK 1420 AM. If you can't get 1420 AM on your radio, listen via live streaming audio! Click here to go to the WHK 1420 AM home page, then click on the red "Listen Live" button in the upper left corner.

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms safety and concealed carry instructor.

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