Representing: New York City
Claim to Fame: mega-billionaire (via Bloomberg L.P.), philanthropist and mayor of New York City
Why is he Person of the Week? For the continual success of his anti-gun initiative, that is, going after out-of-state gun dealers who sell guns illegally, the same illegal guns that trade hands and often come up in major crimes around the nation, especially in larger cities like New York (which also shows an unusually, um, national-minded thinking from a city mayor).
Not only has Bloomberg garnered huge support from city mayors all around the country for his anti-gun initiave, but once again showing how serious he is about his crackdown on illegal guns, on Thursday the Bloomberg administration announced new federal lawsuits against gun dealers in 5 states including Pennsylvania and Ohio. Fifteen other in these states had been sued by Bloomberg back in May, with six having settled and three being monitored by a court-appointed overseer.
Bloomberg, a strong proponent for gun control, has more than held his own backing up one major issue of his administration that he made in his second inaugural address. "No other city or state has ever achieved such an agreement," said the mayor upon his latest success. "It truly represents a major step forward in our fight against illegal weapons." All this despite the fact that most of the beneficiaries of his donations to Congressional candidates have been opponents of gun control.Related Articles: "Mayors Join Forces To Reduce Gun Violence", by The Joyce Foundation
"Plusquellic Joins Mayors Vs. Illegal Guns", City of Akron news release