The new mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, is a strong gun-safety advocate like his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg. But de Blasio’s focus as New York City Public Advocate was on pressuring investors to divest of their gun stocks.
“I think on gun control we have to go after the money supply to manufacturers of guns and ammunition,” he said to the Huffington Post in October, suggesting cutting off public pension investments to those companies so they can’t “fund the industry that then turns around and funds the NRA.”
As Public Advocate, de Blasio was an outspoken leader in efforts to force investment companies like Cerberus to sell their stocks in companies that manufacture military-style assault weapons and ammunition, and had a website devoted to those efforts.
“We know Mayor de Blasio is a strong gun safety advocate, and we look forward to working closely with him on efforts to keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence,” said NYAGV Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett.