NRA CEO, New York Mayor battle over gun control

By WEEK Reporter

NRA CEO, New York Mayor battle over gun control

March 25, 2013 Updated Mar 25, 2013 at 10:59 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, DC -- The fight over guns heated up when two of the most visible figures in that debate argued their positions on television.

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre squared off against New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Meet the Press Sunday.

Bloomberg announced a $12 million campaign aimed at convincing swing Senators to support universal background checks.

"If 90% of the public want something, and their representatives vote against that, common sense says, they are going to have a price to pay for that," Bloomberg said.

Wayne LaPierre argued that background checks only create hurdles for law abiding citizens.

"He's going to find out this is a country of the people, by the people, and for the people. And he can't spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the American public," LaPierre said.