A pro-gun control group of mayors started by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has scheduled an event in Fargo on Monday, but Bloomberg himself is not expected to attend.
Neither is Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker, who said he’s gotten nothing but flak from the tri-state area since announcing his membership in Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns group years ago.
“I’ve never resigned, but I’m not an active member either. So I don’t plan on attending,” Walaker said, adding that he hadn’t heard of the event until he was contacted by a reporter.
Walaker is the only North Dakota mayor in Bloomberg’s coalition, according to the group’s official website. The site claims more than 900 mayors as members.
The event is at 10 a.m. Monday in Island Park, and Bloomberg will definitely not be in attendance, said Kelly Steele, a spokesman for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which was formed by Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in 2006.
The Fargo visit is part of the group’s 100-day “No More Names” summer tour across 25 states. The tour is serving as a rallying event for gun violence survivors, their families and community members who support “common sense gun laws,” Steele said.